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U's Skipper In Shock Move!

U's Skipper In Shock Move!

Colchester United captain Karl Duguid has made a shock move to Plymouth Argyle.

Duguid has signed a two-year contract with the Home Park outfit, ending a 14 year association with the U's. The Pilgrims will pay the U's an undisclosed fee for his services.

The long-serving star has made over 400 appearances in a U's shirt, becoming a cult hero on the Layer Road terraces.

Duguid told "I have been there fourteen years and had some great times."

"Last season, Colchester came to the end of an era at Layer Road and maybe it was a good time for me to go and seek fresh challenges, having played all of my career at that ground.

"Of course, I would have loved to play at the new ground but with the Layer Road chapter ending for the club, it was perhaps the right time for my own chapter with the U's to come to a close."

Despite being sad to depart, Doogie revealed that the option of a instant return to the Championship was too good to turn down.

He continued: "Championship football was a big hook for me and I feel that I am at an age where I should be playing at this level," he added.

"I spoke to the manager and was impressed by the plans that he has got.

"He has mentioned some of the players that he is trying to get in and I was keen to get on board."

The 30-year-old, who is a product of the U's youth system, also spoke about his overall happy relationship with the U's faithful.

"My relationship with the fans was overall a positive one," he admitted.

"Every player will get stick now and again and that's part and parcel of the game.

"But I do think that I have grown stronger for it and my relationship with the fans became better after that. I haven't got a bad word to say about Colchester United and enjoyed every minute.

"It is sad to go but the end of an era of the U's and myself and hopefully the new challenges will be positive for both of us.

"I think it's important to say I am not leaving on a bad note at all and I never wanted that to happen.

"I always said that I have wanted to do things the right way and I will look back and think that the ups outweigh the downs by quite a bit."

Vital Colchester would like to wish Doogie the best of luck for the future and thank him for his services to the U's.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:StevieG Col U
Date:Tuesday June 24 2008
Time: 1:16PM


One Word To Describe This Man Legend !
Daryl Peck
24/06/2008 13:50:00
Yeah agree, a true U's great. Am very shocked, never expected this! Doogie, Doogie! Up the U's!
StevieG Col U
24/06/2008 14:52:00
Hope he doesas well for us as he's done for you. Being Essex born good luck next season!!
uncle buck
24/06/2008 15:00:00
This comes as a total shock. I never thought Doogie would ever wear another teams colours. He had stated a desire to remain at the club for his entire career and manage us some day. I must admit that his form wasn't the best last season and that he had seen his 'better days'. However with Yeates looking likely to leave too we will need to move quickly to secure a replacement. All in all a great servant to the club and im sure when he comes to new stadium in the future he will receive a good welcome.
24/06/2008 15:56:00
He Must Have A Testimonial Sum Players Get One For Playin Lyk 6 Years At A Club Hmm Has williams Lost The Plot?
Daryl Peck
24/06/2008 16:51:00
just like paul wotton a loyal servant,good luck next season from plymouth argyle.
24/06/2008 16:54:00
Daily Star Says He Went For £125,000 Not Even £10,000 A Year Value
Daryl Peck
25/06/2008 09:25:00
Really??? Surely he was worth more than that????
StevieG Col U
25/06/2008 09:45:00
Well Obv Its The Paper Talk So Might Not Be But Its The Only Value Ive Heard For Doogie We Never Say How Much We've Sold Cuz ITs Always Crap But We Always Release How Much We've Spent Cuz Its Big Values ( £350,000)
Daryl Peck
25/06/2008 11:02:00
Class player, cant wait for your first home game HUDDERSFIELD TOWN!!
26/06/2008 08:36:00
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