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U's Flash: Sam Signs

22 December 2015

Keeper pens new contract.

Colchester United are delighted to confirm that goalkeeper Sam Walker has signed a new contract to extend his stay with the club.

Sam, who joined the U's on a permanent basis in January 2014 after two successful loan spells, has signed a new two year contract to secure his future through to the summer of 2018.

Talking to the official website, he said: "I am absolutely delighted to have secured my future with the club. We've been talking for a while and I am really pleased to get it sorted.

"I am pleased that I have got a bit of security to come back to after my injury recovery is complete.

"Things are going really well – it’ll be four months on Saturday since the injury and I am doing more and more as the weeks go by. 

"I am looking forward to the new year because I'll be on the home straight then and it won’t be too long until I'm back around it and doing some sort of work on the training ground."

Sam picked up his injury in the Capital One Cup tie against Reading back in August, a match which saw now manager Kevin Keen come to the Weston Homes Community Stadium as part of the Royals management team.

He has had a good journey on his path to fitness so far and was reassured by his first chat with the new U's boss on Tuesday morning.

"Everything gone to plan so far and Tony and I always said that we wouldn't put any time span on getting me back and fit.

"We wanted to do it naturally and make sure it's completely right before we try and play any football and so far, it's been good progress.

"I spoke to the manager briefly today to update him as to where I'm at and he said to take my time and make sure I'm ready to go, and that he looked forward to working with me.

"I was very impressed by what he had to say and he has an amazing pedigree in his coaching so far and I think he will be very successful."

Kevin makes his U's managerial debut at the weekend against Southend and, whilst Sam will be sidelined for the game, he will be cheering his teammates on from the stands from 3pm on Saturday.

"I can't wait for the game, it's a huge one that we haven't had for a little while now,” Sam added.

"Before the season, it was the match we were all looking out for and the lads are very excited about taking on Southend. It could be a real season changer for us and I feel really confident that we're going to get the win."

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