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U's Flash: Morrison Signs!

16 July 2012

Experienced striker pens two year contract.

Colchester United are delighted to confirm the signature of striker Clinton Morrison on a free transfer.

33-year-old Clinton brings with him a raft of experience that will complement the existing attacking players at the club as the U's look to the new League One season.

The former Sheffield Wednesday front man has signed a two year contract with the U's and will now join up with the rest of the squad in their pre-season camp in Holland.

Clinton is a powerful forward who has scored over 150 senior career goals for a host of clubs, having commanded over £6m of transfer fees during his career.

Last season saw him have loan spells at MK Dons and Brentford, before being released by Wednesday at the end of last season.

And new boy Clinton said that the feeling that he would be appreciated by boss John Ward played a big part in persuading him to make the Weston Homes Community Stadium his new home.

Clinton had been on boss Ward's radar for some time and the powerful forward told the official website: "I am a player who likes to be loved, and with a manager here who has been chasing me for about a year and a half, I think I will be loved. 

"I think we'll play football to my strengths and hopefully, I'll reward him, and the fans who I hope I'll get onside straight away, by scoring goals."

Clinton is likely to form part of a brand new partnership up top for the U's alongside Freddie Sears. 

And it's not the first time the duo have played together: "This is a good thing that people might not know - me and Searsy played together when he came on loan to Coventry. 

"I always used to say to him, because he was a slender boy back then, that he had to fill out and he'd be able to fulfil his potential. 

"I told him he had plenty of natural talent but needed to get more dangerous and I knew he'd do well. Sometimes, you have to come down to go back up again and he's left West Ham and will do well here.

"I've got good experience and I'm here to help Freddie, the other forwards and the other youngsters at the club. 

"I don't expect to walk into anyone's team, I'm going to have to fight for my place and work hard to keep it. We're all in it together and we want to get Colchester United back into the Championship where they belong."

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