All change as U’s announce their retained list

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Sky Bet League Two outfit Colchester United have announced their retained list following the conclusion of the 2023/24 season, and as expected, several players will be departing the club as the Cowley brothers look to put their stamp on a refreshed squad capable of challenging for promotion next term.

Out of contract quartet, Sam Hornby, Tom Dallison, John Akinde and Marley Marshall Miranda will leave the club, while Noah Chilvers, Cameron McGeehan, Chay Cooper and Al-Amin Kazeem have been offered new terms with the club.

Loanees, Owen Goodman, Zach Mitchell, Harry Anderson, Riley Harbottle, Jayden Richardson and Alistair Smith return to their parent clubs. Meanwhile, Will Greenidge, Ellis Iandolo, Fiacre Kelleher, Connor Hall, Matt Jay, Conor Wilkinson, Samson Tovide, Owura Edwards, Tom Smith, Tom Hopper, Arthur Read, Mandela Egbo, Jay Mingi, Jayden Fevrier, Bradley Ihionvien remain under contract. However, it is widely believed the U’s will listen to offers for some of the group.

Colchester’s under-21 squad will also witness great change with Donell Thomas, Harry Beadle, Gene Kennedy, Ronnie Nelson, Ted Collins, Ryan Lowe, T’Aizo Marcel-Dilaver, Kaan Bennett, Jet Dyer, Kennedy Mupomba, Byan Aman and Matt Yates all looking for new clubs.

Harrison Chamberlain, Frankie Edwards, Max Jolliffe and Milton Oni have received contract offers, while Oscar Thorn, Frankie Terry, Oliver, Godziemski, Kaleel Green, Archie Oliver and Hakeem Sandah remain under their current deals.

Speaking to, Head Coach, Danny Cowley explained: “Can we take the opportunity to thank all of the players for their hard work and commitment since Nicky and I came to the club. We have spent the last week meeting with the players, reflecting on the season and looking to the future.

“On behalf of the club, we have tried to make some difficult decisions on players that we think a lot of as people. I am sure you will join us in wishing them success in their careers moving forward.”


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