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    BlueandWhiteBaz wrote:
    Exactly southstand, the academy budget has increased and the first team budget decreased. One budget has been set to help compensate for the other. That's how finance works and I should know as I worked in finance most of my working life..
    I don't understand your point, the first team budget is 65% of turnover as set by the football league, the same as all clubs in our league with or without an academy and the academy is funded separately!. Surely the 65% idea was just a financial safeguard to stop clubs overspending, the 65% does not apply to the youth team or the tea lady etc"
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Wilson leaves U's after rejecting new contract offer

Essex County Standard: Wilson leaves U's after rejecting new contract offer Wilson leaves U's after rejecting new contract offer

Brian Wilson has left Colchester United after rejecting a new contract offer with the club.

The 30-year-old defender, whose current deal is due to expire this summer, turned down the opportunity to stay at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

U's boss Joe Dunne wanted to keep his captain at Colchester for next season.

But he admitted he was not able to match what other clubs could offer Wilson financially.

Dunne said: “I tried to keep Brian.

“I understand it was a difficult situation in a financial market where there will be clubs able to pay more than we do.

“When that situation arises you have a decision to make when you have a young family and you’re from a different part of the country.

“I fully respect Brian and what he did for the club.

“He was my captain and we did try to keep him."

Wilson was signed by John Ward for Colchester in 2010, following his exit from Bristol City.

He made 163 league and cup appearances for the U's, scoring three times.

Colchester have also announced the departure of Jordan Sanderson and Shaun Phillips from the club.

Sanderson made two substitute appearances for the U's first team, while young keeper Phillips leaves having not played a senior game.

For all of the latest Colchester United news, see Tuesday's Daily Gazette.

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