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Sayer Signs U's Contract

First contract for young defender

11 January 2021

Colchester United defender Harvey Sayer has signed his first professional contract.

The young left back turned eighteen last week, and signed a new deal that keeps him at the U's until the summer of 2023.

Harvey spent a number of years in the Norwich City Academy, before being released as an U14s player.

In a match the U's U14s then played against Suffolk Schools, Harvey impressed enough for Suffolk to be offered an extended trial, and was subsequently signed into the Academy later that season.

In the following season, in February 2018, performances got him noticed elsewhere and he was selected for an England U15s training camp.

His progress through the age groups was swift, and he made his U's first team debut as a second half substitute in the Papa John's Trophy game against West Ham in September.

Talking about his debut, the youngster explained that he was hopeful of getting on the pitch, but thought it might be only for a few minutes at the end of the game.

He told "I was warming up from the beginning on the second half and I got the call from the Gaffer to come back and prepare to get on."

"I replaced Miles for the final thirty five minutes, and I looked to show my strengths of running with the ball and crossing to create chances.

"It was a difficult game and we worked hard to try and get the result, which we couldn’t manage unfortunately.

"It has definitely given me a taste for the first team environment and I am determined to keep developing."

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