Filed: Friday, 16th March 2012
By: Staff Writer
Freddie Sears has extended his stay at League One play-off contenders Colchester United.
The 22-year-striker is yet to score for the Essex club, with whom he has been on loan since trasnfer deadline day, but has agreed to stay with the Us until the end of the current season.
Colchester manager John Ward told cu-fc.com: "I spoke to West Ham yesterday and both clubs are happy to extend things.
"We're delighted that we can keep him around and as a manager, I have to try and prepare for the unexpected, so it's good to know that we've got players like him ready to come in."
Sears has been an unused substitute in three of Colchester's last four games with his sole appearance during that period coming as a 79th-minute replacement for Steven Gillespie.
However Ward insists that he feels Sears will have an important role to play between now and the end of the campaign.
"We brought Freddie in to play, but he respects that the front guys are doing a really good job," he added. "There's a strength about the group when they're as fit as they are.
"He is a good footballer and I know he came to play but he has been very professional, he's respected the decisions that we've made so far. And, at the same time, he likes the football we play and likes being around the place."
Colchester's next opponents are Huddersfield at the Weston Homes Community Stadium this Saturday. The Us are currently ninth in League One, seven points off the play-off zone.
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