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Phil Ifil Makes it Two

Spurs defender Phil Ifil has signed for Colchester in a day that has seen Manager Geraint Williams finally make some headway in the transfer market.

Earlier Chris Coyne signed from Luton Town and with two new defenders on the books the Colchester Manager seems intent on addressing the U's defensive frailties that have been all to evident in the first half of this season.

21-year old Ifil has come through the ranks at White Hart Lane and has recentley been on loan at Southampton, who were also reported to be chasing the defender in the January transfer window

Ifil has joined for an undisclosed six figure fee. He has also had loan periods at Millwall, in 2005 and 2006.

Ifil is expected to go straight into the U's squad for the trip to Bristol City.

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Writer: Deeno Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 10 2008

Time: 4:41PM

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10/01/2008 16:46:00

He will kick ass at col u, quality player.
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10/01/2008 16:58:00

I don't really know what happened here. When Ifil broke into the Spurs team he did a great job and then disappeared on various loans without ever getting a look in back at Spurs. It's a shame that he never got a chance. Good luck to you and him.
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10/01/2008 16:59:00

Agree quality little player you have there now bags of potential guess Mj just didnt take as much notice as he should have.Nonetheless wish him well at your club.
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10/01/2008 17:02:00

rumours were that it went to his head and he lost his way a little, but last season he seemed to get his head right and I think he will do very well for you.
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10/01/2008 17:05:00

Good Luck Phil, got yourself a decent little player there.
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10/01/2008 17:08:00

Yes this is amazing, top quality player, Well Done Geriant!!!!
StevieG Col U
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10/01/2008 17:10:00

He's a great signing, hats off to all at the club!
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10/01/2008 19:42:00

A Good Player On His Day But Can Blow Hot And Cold...!
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10/01/2008 20:44:00

Perhaps. But he's got something to prove and will get a lot of football at Layer Road - is he a right or left full-back?
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10/01/2008 20:50:00

he is a good player who provided sufficent cover for saints at right back, in the injury crisis, obviously George didn't rate him enough to sign him, he looked better on smaller pitches as he often goes to narrow, a good signing nevertheless for Colchester. Think he will leave if/when relegated.
saint spud
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10/01/2008 20:58:00

Cheers Saint Spud! Good anaysis. Would be sensible to have given him a get-out fee, so perhaps he would leave if the U's went down.
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10/01/2008 21:03:00

Yeah is a great signing, does this mean the end for Doogie?
StevieG Col U
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10/01/2008 21:15:00

...perhaps! A pre-emptive move, maybe, as he might go to Hull or Charlton.
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10/01/2008 21:18:00

Wouldn't bother me if he goes, he's slow, can't tackle and the effort isn't there. This happenend last summer we don't buy anyone and all the fans get annoyed, but then we go and pull two new signings out the bag, in the summer it was Teddy and Yeates and now Coyne and Ifil. It helps lift all the fans spirits when this happens!
StevieG Col U
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10/01/2008 21:32:00

Good news, perhaps, although the table is the thing. Coyne and Ufil are just names unless we stay in the division; all four of them, even Yeates, would be off if the U's went down. Don't spend beyond your means, gaffer! Up the U's!
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10/01/2008 21:44:00

Worth an investment Matt to keep us in this division at least!
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10/01/2008 22:34:00

As you can see, I'm a bit low on faith at the moment in the team. Prove me wrong Col U - this double coup should help of defence.
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11/01/2008 07:52:00

Do you think we will see anyone else come? Cowling said there are some 'live' bids!!!
StevieG Col U
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11/01/2008 12:01:00

I am positive there is more to come!!! Yesterday has shown the commitment of the club and the management team, in terms of players coming in the two that signed yesterday may be the indicater that those others contemplating signing may need to show the club is indeed serious!
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11/01/2008 12:55:00

Yeah am hoping it is Deeno. We will wait and see.
StevieG Col U
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11/01/2008 12:57:00

i dont belive it we paid for a player were was this money at the start of the season
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12/01/2008 10:59:00

We paid for two! In fairness, we also paid for Mark Yeates and Clive Platt in the summer so the gaffer has had money, even if not that much!
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12/01/2008 11:27:00


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