COLCHESTER UNITED quartet Callum Coulter, Al-Amin Kazeem, Diogo Freitas Gouveia and Jake Hutchinson have all signed development contracts with the North Essex outfit.
The players have featured for the U’s youth and under 23 sides as well as with Isthmian League North side Maldon & Tiptree during two seasons as full-time apprentices.
Speaking to www.cu-fc.com, U’s Director of Football, Tony Humes, enthused: “Congratulations to the four of them for the hard work and dedication they’ve shown – they all deserve the chance to show us they can make the next step.
“They will have to continue that hard work now amongst the U23s squad, and of course hopefully the first-team group in time.
“They’ve shown that they have the qualities we’re looking for, and the time they have all spent playing competitive football whilst away from us at other clubs has been really beneficial.”