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QPR youngster can produce the goods for Colchester
Jamie Sendles-White is ready to take any chance he gets with both hands during his loan spell with Colchester United, according to Marc Bircham.
And the Queens Park Rangers elite development squad head coach says the Championship club would be happy to work with the U’s again in the future.
Colchester snapped up teenage defender Sendles-White on an initial 28-day loan from QPR, following ankle injuries suffered by Tom Eastman and Josh Thompson and Daniel Pappoe’s suspension.
The 19-year-old, who has been training with both Colchester and Rangers during his loan spell, has been an unused substitute for the U’s in their last two League One games.
But Bircham is sure that should he get the call from manager Joe Dunne in the coming weeks, Sendles-White is at the right club to perform to his potential.
Bircham said: “Colchester are a great club for Jamie to go to.
“If the opportunity arises for him to play, then I’m sure he will take it with both hands.
“We have high hopes for Jamie - we signed him when he was 15 years old.
“He’s played left-back a couple of times but he’s predominantly a centre-back.
“He’s a defender who enjoys defending but he’s comfortable on the ball and passing with both feet.
“He’s done very well for Northern Ireland under-21s and has been a regular for them.
“Jamie has the best of both worlds at the moment because he’s still able to play under-21 games for us, during his youth loan at Colchester.
“And he should be comfortable with the way that they play at Colchester because that’s the way we like to play here, too.”
It is not the first time that the U’s have done business with Bircham and QPR, over recent times.
The ex-Millwall midfielder also had a hand in youngster Conor Hubble’s switch to Colchester from Loftus Road, along with Martin Rowlands’ arrival in February, 2012.
“I know Colchester’s manager Joe Dunne quite well and I know the Cowling brothers really well, too,” added Bircham.
“We’ve worked with Colchester before with Conor Hubble and we have a good relationship with the club.
“Colchester are a club where the owners have a great belief in their youth and want to bring them through.
“For some reason, they find themselves as a Category Three club.
“But no matter which category you are put in, it’s all about doing the right things and that’s what Colchester are trying to do.
“I speak regularly to Colchester and they have a good group of young players there.
“I’m sure there will be opportunities to work with them again in the future.”
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