COLCHESTER United legend Steve Foley is set to provide a helping hand at Harwich and Parkeston.

The vastly-experienced coach has agreed to help in an "advisory role" next season, lending the benefit of his wisdom to Shrimpers manager Kieron Shelley and assistant boss Mike Wallace.

He will be on hand to offer help and guidance, while also supporting training sessions.

"We're absolutely delighted Steve has agreed to help us out," said Wallace.

"He's so experienced, knowledgeable and respected in this area, having spent his entire adult life in professional football.

"Having him help in an advisory role next season can only benefit myself and Kieron."

Lawford-based Foley was inducted into Colchester’s Hall of Fame - a gallery of all-time greats - at the Former Players’ Association dinner in February.

The 65-year-old made more than 300 league and cup appearances for the U’s between 1971 and 1981, after emerging through the youth ranks at Layer Road.

He was given a standing ovation by those in attendance amid emotional scenes at the JobServe Community Stadium and remains a hugely popular figure in East Anglian football.

In addition to his considerable contribution at Colchester as a player and coach, Clacton-born Foley spent time at Norwich City where he worked at first team, reserve and academy level and also at Ipswich Town, along with supplying his wealth of knowledge at a number of non-league clubs in north Essex and Suffolk.