David takes U's Academy position.
Colchester United are delighted to confirm that former U's midfielder David Wright is joining the club's Academy for the start of the new season.
David played 52 times for Colchester after arriving on a free transfer in January 2013 and will now return to the club to work alongside John McGreal with the U's U21s.
U's chairman Robbie Cowling said: "We are pleased to have David back at the club.
"David brings a wealth of playing experience to the Academy, he has got his A Licence and really adds to the skill set that we have in the staff at the club.
"He represented us well during his playing spell and he will be an important part of what we are trying to achieve with our Academy set up at Colchester United."
David enjoyed a successful playing career, which started at Crewe's famous Academy back in the late 1990s. He went on to play over 200 times for the Alex, before joining Wigan.
After a loan spell with Norwich, he remained in East Anglia as he joined Ipswich Town and played 128 times for the Tractor Boys.
A successful stint with Crystal Palace followed, before he joined the U's under Joe Dunne.
Since leaving the U's and finishing his playing career, David has been coaching at Ipswich Town's Academy and is now also set to step into management.
As well as his U's commitments, David has been announced as Maldon & Tiptree's manager this week.
The two clubs have enjoyed a strong association in the past, with the U's having played their reserve games at the Wallace Binder Ground.
The Essex side have been seeking a manager following Kevin Watson's move to Stevenage, and David will take the Ryman League side for the 2015/16 season as they look to push for promotion to the Ryman Premier.