Date: 26th September 2015 at 8:04am
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Colchester have been boosted by the news Chris Porter is ‘on the brink’ of making his first-team return.

But there’s even more good news as one who will definitely be involved for the U’s this weekend is Owen Garvan with the Official Website also confirming he’s extended his short-term contract!

Former Ipswich and Crystal Palace midfielder Garvan recently signed a deal with Colchester until January, however ahead of the Swindon game a new deal was signed that takes him through until the summer of 2017!

Having the 27-year-old until January, at least, is something many would have settled for but for him to commit his long-term future to the club is brilliant with Tony Humes ‘delighted’ by this, saying.

‘We’re delighted that we have been able to sign Owen on a longer contract, keeping him here until the end of next season.

‘He has already shown us, in the short time he has been here, how much experience and quality he brings to the squad.

‘He will also be a great role model to all the young players we have here, he’s a top quality professional and if they have got any sense, they can learn from him what is needed to make a career at the top level.’

You can’t really add much more to this can you!

With Humes handing Garvan the captain’s armband, in the absence of others, in the win against Gillingham last time round this tells you a lot doesn’t it and perhaps it was that move which convinced the midfielder the Weston Homes Community Stadium is definitely the right place for him….

As regards to Porter, the full time U’s captain has been speaking to the Gazette this week and is hopeful, having returned to full training, of playing a part at the County Ground today?

The 31-year-old knows competition for places is fierce now though and he’ll have a battle to get back into the side from the likes of Marvin Sordell and Macauley Bonne.

‘There’s competition for places and that’s good, because it keeps people on their toes. I don’t think there’s one position in the squad now where there isn’t that competition.

‘Everything is pointing in the right direction and we’re getting better and better with every game.

‘Some of the goals that we’ve scored have been brilliant. We never seem to have a dull game and we’ve played some entertaining stuff.

‘The squad’s as strong as it’s been since I’ve been at the club. And chatting to some of the other lads who have been here longer than me, they say the same.’

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