Vital Football

Latest Colchester United News

U's Loanees Proving A Big Plus

U's Loanees Proving A Big Plus

Joe Dunne has admitted that extending the loan spell of Billy Clifford until the end of the current campaign has been a big plus for the U's.

The young midfielder joined for an initial month spell from Chelsea, before earlier this week he agreed to remain in north Essex to see out the end of this season, confessing his desire to help the U's beat the drop.

Speaking to BBC Essex, Dunne suggested that the player has been a 'real coup' for the club.

'It's a big step forward for the club that Chelsea have allowed us to keep Billy here,' he reflected.

'He's enjoying himself at the moment, his confidence is high and it is a really big plus for us. There was the possibility of him going elsewhere, but I'm glad he's decided to stay.

'He's tenacious, has great technial ability, his heart is big and it's a chance to get out and play which he has taken.'

Billy is just one of a number of young players to join the U's for temporary spells from Premier League clubs this season, joining the likes of Craig Eastmond, Sanchez Watt and Sam Walker, amongst others.

The list was bolstered further this lunchtime with the arrival of Bradley Garmston on a month's loan from West Bromwich Albion, and Dunne told BBC Essex that he was impressed with the Baggies' requirements of the U's.

'The staff at West Brom are keen that he keeps developing and I'm really impressed with some of the arrangements we have to meet to get his services, which is a great credit to them.

'We have to prove that we can keep developing him and providing him with the appropriate sessions, and I think that's really good.'

Whether the youngster is given the nod to make his Football League debut at Bramall Lane this weekend remains to be seen, but the Irishman has the confidence of the U's boss that he will be ready if needed.

'I wouldn't bring in anyone who wasn't ready to go in,' Dunne affirmed. 'He'll be ready, but it is another big step forhim.

'We've seen him in all kinds of games but he's athleti, quick, has the attitude to get up and down the pitch and we're really pleased to have secured his services.'


For the latest U's news and views, follow us on Twitter

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



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

Writer:Colchester Dan
Date:Thursday February 14 2013
Time: 3:32PM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Dan Blackwell Retires

Login to post a comment

Recent Colchester United Articles

Match Day Officials v Barnsley (30/4/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Barnsley this weekend.

Colchester - Football League Dates 2016/17

The Football League, or the brainless EFL rebrand, have today released the key dates for the coming 2016/17 season.

League 1 - Colchester 0-3 Burton

We'll not be seeing any great Colchester escape this season with relegation into League 2 confirmed following a three-nil defeat against title chasing Burton.

Stats: Colchester v Burton Albion

All the stats from Colchester (0) vs (3) Burton Albion, Weston Homes Community Stadium, 23/04/16 Att: 4,292

Archived Vital Colchester Articles

Vital Colchester articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Colchester
Write For Vital Colchester
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Barnsley v Colchester
Suggested By:
Colchester win100%
Barnsley win0%
Draw0%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Wigan 44 23 15 6 84 36
2 Burton 44 24 9 11 81 19
3 Walsall 44 22 12 10 78 15
4 Millwall 44 22 9 13 75 20
5 Bradford 44 21 11 12 74 12
6 Barnsley 44 21 7 16 70 13
7 Gillingham 44 19 12 13 69 17
8 Scunthorpe 44 19 11 14 68 10
9 Sheff Utd 44 18 12 14 66 9
10 Rochdale 44 18 11 15 65 6
11 Port Vale 44 18 11 15 65 4
12 Coventry 44 17 12 15 63 14
13 Southend 44 16 11 17 59 -4
14 Peterborough 44 17 6 21 57 4
15 Bury 44 15 12 17 57 -15
16 Swindon 44 15 10 19 55 -10
17 Oldham 44 12 18 14 54 -9
18 Chesterfield 44 14 8 22 50 -13
19 Shrewsbury 44 13 11 20 50 -17
20 Fleetwood 44 11 15 18 48 -4
21 Blackpool 44 12 10 22 46 -15
22 Doncaster 44 11 12 21 45 -14
R Colchester 44 9 12 23 39 -41
R Crewe 44 6 13 25 31 -37
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Colchester United Results (view all)

Colchester United Fixtures (view all)

Apr 30 2016 3:00PM : Barnsley (a)
Sky Bet League One
May 8 2016 12:30PM : Rochdale (H)
Sky Bet League One