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Elokobi Ready to Quit U`s

George Elokobi has shocked Colchester United by handing in a transfer request and is ready to quit the Layer Road side.

Elokobi, 21-years-of-age, has recently lost his place in the first team to fellow full-back Danny Granville.

This is seen as the main reason behind Elokobi's decision to quit, although it was only for two games.

Elokobi, who moved to England in 2002 after growing up in Cameroon, has been at the centre of intense transfer speculation in the past few weeks, with Scottish Champions Celtic vying to secure his services, along with Premier League side Reading and Colchester`s Championship rivals Southampton.

A few weeks ago, fans' favourite, Elokobi stated his desire to play for his country, Cameroon, so a move away may well increase his chances of playing on the international stage.

The powerful defender, signed from non-league Dulwich Hamlet by former U`s boss Phil Parkinson in 2004, has made 14 appearances for the North Essex side this season but must warm the bench for now.

U's boss Geraint Williams admitted he was very disappointed by the sought-after defender`s decision via a statement from the club.

He said: "I`m obviously very disappointed that he feels it necessary to hand in a transfer request.

I don`t like talking about players` contracts in the media but, as his agent has stated, we had a number of meetings with George and his agent while he was in the team and he stated that he had no intension of re-signing for the club."

Williams also stated, "While I can`t do anything about transfer speculation, there have been no offers for George and we do not want to encourage any, because we feel he has a bright future here.

'George remains a first-team player here at the club and we all want him to stay and have a successful future at Layer Road."

If Elokobi does leave he will follow a large number of players who have forced a move away to so called 'bigger clubs' in recent times.

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The Journalist

Writer: Stevie_G_Col U Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 13 2007

Time: 7:01PM

Your Comments

Thanks Steve - this is the best piece you have done, very good!
Cheers, thanks for putting it up. What do you think about it all?
StevieG Col U
Not impressed at all! Will be doing a write-up on it... watch this space!
I will, im not impressed either.
StevieG Col U
What! y does he want to leave? Bigger club and all that I know but he's only just made it into the 1st team proper and has plenty of years ahead of him. Not impressed at all!!
Here are all the reasons why he should not go: 1) He is still inexperienced 2) There have been no offers for him 3) The fans (used to) love him 4) He will not get in to the Celtic or Reading team and therefore do a 'Greg Halford 5) He isn't even in our XI at the moment!
And if he carries on wanting out he may not get back into the team.
will it ever happen
... may not get in to the team, and therefore will not get out of it, because if he's not performing then nobody will put in a bit. He's made a career mistake if you aks me. Now people will question his attitute.
Yeah he has, a big mistake, are fans hate him now, he can't move till January, so he may well be left to rot in reserves. Then no one will want him.
StevieG Col U
Those people who told him to ask for a move will be for it now! So much for agents, eh!
Yeah, agents and finanial advisers.
StevieG Col U

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