Colchester United have confirmed that local rivals, Ipswich Town will visit the JobServe Community Stadium on Tuesday, July 27.
Town are now under the guidance of former Accrington Stanley, Wigan Athletic and Portsmouth boss, Paul Cook and are amongst the favourites for promotion from Sky Bet League One next term.
The U’s will also take on Vanarama National League South outfit, Ebbsfleet United. Hayden Mullins’ men will head across the river on Tuesday, July 20. Both this fixture, along with that against Ipswich will kick off at 7:45pm.
Colchester United’s pre-season fixtures, in full, are as follows;
Tuesday, July 13 – Billericay Town (Away)
Saturday, July 17 – Watford (Away) (Behind Closed Doors))
Tuesday, July 20 – Ebbsfleet United (Away)
Saturday, July 24 – Gillingham (Home)
Tuesday, July 27 – Ipswich Town (Home)
Meanwhile, Colchester United have signed 18-year-old defender Harry Beadle on a one-year deal from Charlton Athletic.
Speaking to www.cu-fc.com about the move, Beadle explained: “I had been there (Charlton) a long time and I learned a lot so I’m grateful to them, but I think it was best for me and them for me to come and join Colchester.
“I know a few of the boys from my time at Charlton, Brendan and Junior, and when I spoke to them, they told me it was a great club with a great manager.
“The club has got a real history of bringing young players through and I can’t wait to get started here.”