Dunne is hopeful of keeping loan star Luke

Dunne is hopeful of keeping loan star Luke

Dunne is hopeful of keeping loan star Luke

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JOE Dunne feels Colchester United are now in a “positive position” to keep Luke Garbutt for longer.

And the U’s boss has also made signing a new centre-back one of his top priorities in the transfer window.

Garbutt played the final game of his current loan spell in the U’s 0-0 draw at MK Dons, on New Year’s Day.

The young left-back’s reputation has flourished since he arrived at the Weston Homes Community Stadium from Everton, last September.

Garbutt, 20, has clocked up 17 appearances for Colchester - scoring three times - and has been one of their most consistent performers in League One.

Earlier this week, Dunne admitted that the defender’s future was “out of his hands”.

But Colchester now believe that they have a realistic chance of retaining Garbutt’s services for a further period of time.

Dunne said: “We’re in a positive position I think with Luke.

“I’ve been speaking to the chairman every day for the last few days.”

Dunne has also confirmed that he wants to strengthen his central defensive options during the January transfer window.

The U’s are short of cover in the centre-back position, following Ben Tozer’s return to parent club Northampton Town.

Dunne wants cover for Magnus Okuonghae and Tom Eastman, with Josh Thompson still some way from full fitness following his ankle injury.

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6:24pm Sat 4 Jan 14

clacton citizen says...

Matt Heath is now available on a freebie if you want a centre back Joe.
Matt Heath is now available on a freebie if you want a centre back Joe. clacton citizen
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7:51pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Boris says...

Let's hope JD's hopes are justified. If Luke Garbutt stays, and of course if he stays fit, we stay up. He will play in the Premiership one day, but let's hope he is willing to stay with us for the next few months.
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As for Matt Heath, JD would be pretty desperate to take him back. About as useful as a fit Josh Thompson.
Let's hope JD's hopes are justified. If Luke Garbutt stays, and of course if he stays fit, we stay up. He will play in the Premiership one day, but let's hope he is willing to stay with us for the next few months. . As for Matt Heath, JD would be pretty desperate to take him back. About as useful as a fit Josh Thompson. Boris
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5:52pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Noah4x4 says...

Luke Garbutt looked distinctly dodgy on his U's debut for about 10 minutes at Bradford away. Since then; he has hardly put a foot wrong.

I agree with Boris. Matt Heath is 32 and has been released by troubled (bottom of Div 2) Northampton Town; and is now at Harrogate Town. We gave the Cobbler's young Tozer a chance on loan at centre back (very poor); and if their management rate him higher than Heath then who are we to argue?
Luke Garbutt looked distinctly dodgy on his U's debut for about 10 minutes at Bradford away. Since then; he has hardly put a foot wrong. I agree with Boris. Matt Heath is 32 and has been released by troubled (bottom of Div 2) Northampton Town; and is now at Harrogate Town. We gave the Cobbler's young Tozer a chance on loan at centre back (very poor); and if their management rate him higher than Heath then who are we to argue? Noah4x4
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