Okuonghae not offered new deal.
Colchester United’s longest serving current player Magnus Okuonghae will be leaving the club, after his contract with the U’s expired.
Magnus, who joined the U’s under Paul Lambert back in July 2009, went on to play 218 times for the club, putting him in the top forty appearance makers for the Essex side.
Having helped the U’s to League One survival in the two previous campaigns, he also was selected as club captain by Joe Dunne at the start of the 2014/15 season.
He endured a tough campaign, however, playing just 11 times before sustaining a ruptured Achilles against Coventry City that ruled him out for the season.
His six year stint at the U’s comes to a close after it was decided not to offer him a new contract with the club.
Boss Tony Humes said: "Magnus has been an excellent servant to the club and has been club captain.
"It was a difficult decision to let him go, especially with the serious injury he sustained, but with the direction in which the club are going, it was felt that it would be in both parties’ interests for Magnus to seek his football future elsewhere.
"I wish them every success in the future."
He said: "I must say thanks for all the support over the years. Colchester will always have a big place in my heart as it has played such a big part in my life.
Magnus himself told the official website that he had a lot to be thankful for in his time in north Essex.
"As a player and a person, he served the club well and we wish him all the best wherever he goes next."