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    angryman!!! wrote:
    I will be surprised and happy to have many " told you so's" if Wilson finds himself at a club that finished higher than Colchester this season.
    Brian Wilson probably won't join a higher placed club, but relegated Tranmere Rovers had average gates of 5,113 and (promoted from Div 2) Chesterfield had 6,278; compared to the U's 3,735.

    Selling (respectively) 1,378 and 2,543 extra tickets at (say) £18 each means £570,492 and £1,052,802 greater annual turnover. Given the UEFA 60% rule, that means these two clubs potentially have (respectively) £342,295 and £631,681 more available to pay player wages; albeit that Tranmere might see some modest drop off in gates following relegation (or an increase if they start winning)..

    Conclusion; if FANS want to WATCH and hence the U's recruit and retain better and more experienced SENIOR players there is only one solution, and that is to turn up in far greater numbers and pay the inevitably price of a football club chasing success. The only alternative is to seek home grown talent via the Academy. I think Brian Wilson's departure probably vindicates club policy to invest in youth."
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Wilson leaves U's after rejecting new contract offer

Wilson leaves U's after rejecting new contract offer

Wilson leaves U's after rejecting new contract offer

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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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