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Cowling sympathises with U's players' plight
More than half a dozen U’s players will see their current deals expire in the coming weeks and are yet to commit themselves to the club for next season.
Colchester’s player of the year Kayode Odejayi last week rejected a new deal with the U’s in favour of a switch to League Two side Rotherham.
And with the U’s reducing their playing budget, chairman Cowling admitted more could follow him out of the exit door.
Cowling said: “We’re cutting back and we’re expecting to lose some of our players.
“I don’t think any of our players want or wanted to leave Colchester United and they were enjoying it.
“They are happy with us.
“But they will want to try and earn what they’re used to earning.
“They will want to make sure that they get the right salary for them and no-one can blame them for that.”
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