Dunne understands the plight of U's out-of-contract trio

Biding his time - Ryan Dickson is yet to sign a new contract offered to him by Colchester United.

Biding his time - Ryan Dickson is yet to sign a new contract offered to him by Colchester United.

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Colchester United’s out-of-contract trio have every right to hunt for better deals this summer, according to boss Joe Dunne.

Ryan Dickson, David Wright and goalkeeper Mark Cousins are yet to put pen to paper on fresh terms offered to them by the U’s at the end of the season.

Dunne is hoping they follow in the footsteps of attacker Dominic Vose and sign their contracts.

But the Colchester manager admits he does not blame them for biding their time before making a decision over their future.

Dunne said: “I spoke to Mark, David and Ryan just before we broke up for the summer.

“They know exactly where they stand and I’ve said “this is where we are - go and have a break now”.

“The fact that I’ve offered them contracts shows that they are all players who I want to keep.

“We’ve been very open in our meetings - we’ve spoken and been very clear about our offers.

“Ryan Dickson has the opportunity to take the option but he’s obviously taking the opportunity to use the summer to look for better deals and I completely understand that.

“I’ve been in their situation.

“We’ve offered them what we feel we can reach and obviously they and their representatives want to try and get what’s right for them - that’s football.

“I fully understand that and it was part of the discussions that we had - I’m not going to pull my hair out over it.

“They have to do what’s right for them and their families as well and we can let that one develop through the summer.”

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4:21pm Wed 28 May 14

Shrubendlad says...

Its probably time for Mark to move on.
Refresh the squad and help his career.
Its probably time for Mark to move on. Refresh the squad and help his career. Shrubendlad
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5:49pm Wed 28 May 14

crazy comments says...

Plenty of good payers up for grabs, but due to the so called fair play rules,we have no chance of sighing any. Teams like Sheffield United on the other hand can, which then makes them so much stronger. Where is the fairness in that.
Personally those three players that have not signed I would not lose any sleep over. They need to have a deadline set, otherwise it gets dragged out and we finish up trying to sign the dregs left over.
I notice a few ex U's players, notably Ben Williams, Scott Vernon ,David Prutton Steve Gillespie, Ashley Vincent Kayode Odejay have all have been released by their clubs, which shows the grass is not always greener.
Plenty of good payers up for grabs, but due to the so called fair play rules,we have no chance of sighing any. Teams like Sheffield United on the other hand can, which then makes them so much stronger. Where is the fairness in that. Personally those three players that have not signed I would not lose any sleep over. They need to have a deadline set, otherwise it gets dragged out and we finish up trying to sign the dregs left over. I notice a few ex U's players, notably Ben Williams, Scott Vernon ,David Prutton Steve Gillespie, Ashley Vincent Kayode Odejay have all have been released by their clubs, which shows the grass is not always greener. crazy comments
  • Score: 3

6:57pm Wed 28 May 14

Shrubendlad says...

If you look at other Clubsites-( inc Ipswich) the same excuses come up again and again. Acadamy/Fair Play/Budgets/Avoidab
le injuries.
Robbie Cowling has the infrastructure now. He now has to maximise the results and fill the home ground-staying as close as possible to the Annual Budget. There are hundreds of unemployed players and ex players to fill gaps when needed.This is the challenge for every business in the country.
ColU is in my DNA.
If you look at other Clubsites-( inc Ipswich) the same excuses come up again and again. Acadamy/Fair Play/Budgets/Avoidab le injuries. Robbie Cowling has the infrastructure now. He now has to maximise the results and fill the home ground-staying as close as possible to the Annual Budget. There are hundreds of unemployed players and ex players to fill gaps when needed.This is the challenge for every business in the country. ColU is in my DNA. Shrubendlad
  • Score: -1

10:13am Thu 29 May 14

totallyfootball says...

I think it shows that they are not committed to the cause and answers a few questions, time to move on and get some fresh blood in the side!
I think it shows that they are not committed to the cause and answers a few questions, time to move on and get some fresh blood in the side! totallyfootball
  • Score: 2

10:25am Thu 29 May 14

super waluigi says...

Cousins would obviously like first team football, so I would have thought league 1 or 2 or blue square premier teams might offer him a wage and game time. If not, he might stay. Personally, I think he is a wage we could lose and free up. A youth GK could warm the bench.

David Wright is a good player. I think he is more likely to start looking at coaching.

Dickson could play at a higher level. I think he will be the one who goes and leaves us full back less.
Cousins would obviously like first team football, so I would have thought league 1 or 2 or blue square premier teams might offer him a wage and game time. If not, he might stay. Personally, I think he is a wage we could lose and free up. A youth GK could warm the bench. David Wright is a good player. I think he is more likely to start looking at coaching. Dickson could play at a higher level. I think he will be the one who goes and leaves us full back less. super waluigi
  • Score: -4

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