Seven of the U's promising youngsters have extended their stay at the club as a busy summer at Colchester United continues.
Louis Dunne, who is making good progress from his cruciate ligament injury, has penned a new two year contract.
Louis is joined in signing new deals by six other players, to extend their time at Florence Park.
George Brown, Ryan Clampin, Eoin McKeown, Decarrey Sheriff, Sam Warde and Diaz Wright will all be here for at least another year as they continue their development.
Diaz enjoyed a memorable conclusion to the season as he helped guide Braintree to promotion to the National League, scoring the winning penalty in the play-off final.