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U's Flash: Briggs Joins

22 January 2015

Defender joins for the rest of the season.

Colchester United have signed Millwall defender Matthew Briggs on loan for the rest of the season.

The former Fulham defender trained with the U's on Thursday ahead of the weekend game against Leyton Orient.

Matthew had been with Fulham since he was eight, and made thirteen senior appearances for the Craven Cottage side during his time at the club.

Primarily a left back, he has also played at centre back in his professional career so far.

The 23-year-old was the youngest ever Premier League player when he made his debut at just 16 years and 65 days.

Whilst with Fulham, he had loan spells at Leyton Orient, Peterborough United, Bristol City and Watford, before joining Millwall in the summer.

He has had to bide his time with the Lions and joins the U's in the quest for regular football.

He told the official website: "It's a great chance for me to play some regular football.

"As a footballer, you want to play all the time but the manager has changed the team around recently and this gives me a chance to further my career.

"I've heard Colchester are a good footballing team and I already know a few of the lads. I went to school with Craig Eastmond, so I'm sure that will help me settle in."

Matthew has also represented England at every level between U16s and U21s, playing 30 times for his country at those youth levels so far.

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