Colchester United boss Joe Dunne says it was vital he strengthened the full-back and goalkeeper positions in his squad, following the departure of experienced players this summer.

Skipper Brian Wilson and Ryan Dickson both left for rival League One clubs, while goalkeeper Mark Cousins joined League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge.

Dunne has filled the void left by their departures by signing Sean Clohessy, Ben Gordon and Chris Lewington, all on two-year deals.

Some fans have called for Colchester to sign a new forward to replace Clinton Morrison, who left at the end of last season.

But Dunne insists the trio of players he brought in earlier this week were his top priorities.

He said: “They’re the ones I wanted and that’s what is important.

“We’ve been patient and these positions were important to fill.

“I know there might be talk about other positions being priority.

“But as far as I’m concerned, we’ve lost a left-back, a right-back and a goalkeeper.

“It was very important that we got what we needed and we’ll work on other positions as we go forward."

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