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Judge's Colchester Move Confirmed
Friday, 18th Jun 2021 17:05

Colchester United have confirmed the signing of former Blues midfielder Alan Judge on a two-year deal.

Judge had been expected to join the U’s since early May, although Gillingham were also linked and other League One sides were similarly keen.

“I'm delighted to be here. I'm glad it's done and I just want to get going," he told the Colchester Gazette.

“We'd been talking for quite a while and I had a few talks with my family and everything. This was the best option for me in every way, so it's great.

“Family is a major consideration - we've had a few problems off the pitch for the last few years, so that was a big thing for me.

“My kids are settled, this is a good club and I want to get this going and hopefully get into the play-offs again, this year.”

The 32-year-old left Town in April after reaching 29 league appearances with a 30th set to trigger another year on his contract, something manager Paul Cook was unwilling to do.

Nine-times-capped former Republic of Ireland international Judge joined Town from Brentford, whose former academy manager Jon De Souza is director of performance at the JobServe Community Stadium, in January 2019.

The Dubliner went on to make 75 starts and 16 sub appearances for the Blues, scoring eight times.

Judge joins former Blues skipper Luke Chambers, Cole Skuse and Freddie Sears in moving to the U's from Portman Road this summer, while the Colchester squad already featured several other ex-Town men - Dean Gerken, Tommy Smith and Tom Eastman.

The U's have also confirmed the signing of another one-time Blue, Frank Nouble, who rejoins the North Essex side having left Plymouth.

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oldshuck added 17:16 - Jun 18
I see we didn't get Max Power who we were supposed to be in for - he's resigned for Wigan - must have opted for Richardson not Cook - getting nervous about no new signings!

Juanforthemoney added 17:21 - Jun 18
I agree with previous post. Things are not progressing as swiftly as I would have hoped. The Euros perhaps part of the delay?

LesTibbetsbrokenleg added 17:22 - Jun 18
Eight ex Town players now in their squad, think they need to be renamed.

carlisleaway added 17:24 - Jun 18
How on earth are Colchester funding these wages on small gates.

vanmunt added 17:26 - Jun 18
After that Alan Lee interview it looks as though these players are playing league 1 a season earlier than if they had stayed.

vanmunt added 17:26 - Jun 18
League 2 that should be!

Smithy63 added 17:29 - Jun 18
Colchester United are Ipswich towns dead wood
And should be renamed Ipswich reserves
Non league here comes Colchester

Welshblue72 added 17:30 - Jun 18
Great to see our released players signing up for their new club. Our first friendly is in 19 days and we have signed 2 new players and offered professional contracts to youth players. When are we going to sign players and get them to gel as a team. Time is running out. Let’s gets some in next week please.

blues1 added 17:37 - Jun 18
Oldshuck. Typical stupid comment from people on here. It stated on football league world that yes, we were interested in power but we never made a move for him bcse we signed Lee Evan's who was our 1st choice. So no, he didnt choose richardson over cook at all.

RobsonWark added 17:43 - Jun 18
I don't get why so many people on here are worried that we've only signed 2 senior players so far.
We had a massive squad for the last few seasons and now we've released a few of the crap ones and signed 2 decent players.
We still have a massive squad which should keep all those happy who thought we could walk division 3 because we had a massive squad of average players.
Ashton and Cook will hopefully get rid of more of these average/crap players and sign much better players in due course.

blues1 added 17:50 - Jun 18
Welshblue72. Weve released around 20 players including the loan players and had a squad of over 40 players last season. That still leaves 20 odd players at the club plus weve signed 2 and 3rd is almost done . And we're only a couple of weeks into the transfer window. So what's the issue? Or are you one of those who thinks we have to succeed right away despite the fact that's unlikely to be the case. As the owners have already said, it could take time. Give them a chance for gods sake. After years of decline weve got what we wanted. New owners. Let's not start moaning at them already. Patience.

Europablue added 18:00 - Jun 18
I just read an article saying that Ipswich are up there with the best early movers in the transfer window. I'm impatient to get in early all the players we need, but it takes time. Colchester will be taking a keen interest in who we sign so they have a good idea of who will be playing for them in 5-10 years.

Saxonblue74 added 18:00 - Jun 18
Be patient people! I'm sure there are dozens of agents out there "working their magic" as we speak!🤣 Anyway, good luck to Judge, glad he's found somewhere local for him and his family.

therein61 added 18:02 - Jun 18
I bet the long gone Dick Graham who had(Town legend Ray Crawford up front) the original Colchester dads army team(what a game when they beat the then mighty Leeds in the cup) is looking down and having a chuckle about this Colchester squad in his time you could get away with it but now? no chance the game has changed it's so fast that creaking bones can't handle it, good luck the U'S i think you will need it.

BLUEBEAT added 18:05 - Jun 18
We are now a feeder club for Col Who 🔵⚪️

SheptonMalletBlue added 18:39 - Jun 18
Feel sorry for Col U fans with this motley crew turning up to play for them next season, especially the pumper! The couldn't be arsed to play for us last season!!!

Dog added 19:01 - Jun 18
Great to see how all the Evans/Chambers haters who gave out so much stick for the last 4 seasons have turned into happy clappers.

The new owners and Cook can do no wrong. You can call the squad crap and that you will keep 4.3 of them going forward, but signing 2 players in the first 3 weeks of june is pretty damn poor. Need further 4 by end of next week minimum ready for training.


Saxonblue74 added 19:09 - Jun 18
Ridiculous statement Dog. Who are the 5 potential signings that all fell through last week as per your previous post? I hope fans show more patience and level headedness when the season kicks off and we not instant world beaters!

Dog added 19:19 - Jun 18
There were 3, 4 or 5 according to Ashton.

Rumour has it Harper wants to stay around midlands.

They may not have fallen through but Cook is on record that he wants the basis of his first team in ready for training on 26 june due to physical demands of his football style.

Only repeating what they have said to sell season tickets to us 11,000 plus.

After 13 years of evans, i am sceptical of what is said to sell tickets. I will be patient until 30 june and if we only have another 2, then i will begin to be fearful.

buzbyblue added 19:24 - Jun 18
Dog, suggest you do like your Legends have and join Colchester Utd, we don't need your sort anywhere near portman Rd just like your hero Evans

Runner added 19:25 - Jun 18
Big statement about the general area we live in that four ex players want to stay around here, plus of course the 3 others one or two years before.
I hope someone at ITFC points that out when in negotiations with future players that we wish to sign.

DurhamTownFan added 19:25 - Jun 18
The reason people are worried about a lack of signings is because the manager and board have come out and said everyone from last year can be sold. So the numbers don’t really add up, do they?

I am quite worried but how big an overhaul this is. Didn’t work for Hurst, did it? Haven’t seen much from Cook to suggest he’s a better motivator...

Nobbysnuts added 19:26 - Jun 18
We are in a mess....simple. there is no way he can build a team in 3 weeks and cook is a fool If he thinks he can. Deluded. All this front about players signing was to sell season tickets. Fact.

muhrensleftfoot added 19:28 - Jun 18
It's great to see the ex Ipswich guys getting a few seasons at the end of their careers. I hope they set League 2 alight and wish them and Col U all the best. Get promoted ASAP. We'll be in the Championship though

RobsonWark added 19:38 - Jun 18
DurhamTownFan added 19:25 - Jun 18
"I am quite worried but how big an overhaul this is. Didn’t work for Hurst, did it? Haven’t seen much from Cook to suggest he’s a better motivator..."

It didn't work out for Hurst because he got rid of our best players and kept the crap/useless players while recruiting average players! Cook has got rid of all the crap/useless players and is recruiting better players at the top of their careers.

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