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    crazy comments wrote:
    Boris wrote:
    crazy comments wrote:
    Boris wrote:
    mojo51 wrote:
    Do not think we will miss him. At best an average player and I have to disagree with 'Medicated' concerning his contribution to us staying up, a very average player.
    Col utd have a tight budget and cannot be held to ransom over wages.
    If anyone was holding to ransom it was not Brian Wilson. If your boss told you that you could stay on at your work place but only after a hefty cut in wages, would you be happy?
    I know it is tough times now for almost everybody, but you can't blame Wilson for looking for a job paying something like what he has been getting here.
    Your correct there Boris. Exactly same thing happened to John White. Was offered half of the salary he was on with only a 12 month contract.
    Crazy, like you I always liked John White (a better player that Brian Wilson) and of course I had him in mind when I wrote that comment. Well, John has done well, so he did the right thing to reject the wages cut that Col U were offering him. Let's hope Southend win their play-offs and come up to our league next season. Meanwhile Brian Wilson may do as well for himself or better. At his new club, provided they don't make him captain, perhaps they will appreciate him more.
    Meanwhile, i read in one of the papers Brian Wilson's tribute to John Ward, who brought him to Colchester when other clubs had turned him down on account of the many injuries he had suffered. Ward's faith paid off in that Wilson was able to play several seasons at this club without much in thew way of injuries. I know most of us were glad when John Ward left, but he was a decent man. As you have told us many times, Crazy, that is not sufficient qualification to manage a football team.
    Yes John was a very nice person to know, and a true gentleman. He had respect and honesty. Had many a chat with him when calling in to pick my ticket up from the ground, and always had time to listen to your views, whether he agreed or not.
    Only time I ever spoke with John Ward was when the club appealed for volunteers to clear snow from the pitch so that a home game could go ahead. He was leading the effort throughout, not telling us what to do but getting on with it and leading by example, wheeling up a barrow for you to fill it, or shovelling snow into your barrow. None of his players were involved. 2 or 3 executives stood around in their suits dispensing tea and sandwiches. But John Ward and (obviously) Dave Blacknall were doing serious work. So I will never slag off John Ward."
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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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