It was the tale of two full-backs today for Colchester United in the transfer market; one joining, the other leaving; one young, the other old; one right-sided, the other left-sided…
Highly-rated youngster Christian Ribeiro signs on a months loan from Bristol City, while veteran Matt Lockwood heads out to Barnet for a similar spell.
Ribeiro, 20, is a Welsh youth international defender who links up with Aidy Boothroyd’s side to add competition for places in the back-four. The U’s have conceded twelve goals in the last two games, and Ribeiro follows Norwegian full-back Morten Knudsen in improving the squad depth.
Boothroyd told the club’s official website ‘We are delighted to have Christian for a month. He is a big talent and he’ll add competition for places with our squad.’
The former Stockport County loanee could make his U’s bow away to Gillingham tomorrow.
Meanwhile, out-of-favour Lockwood drops down to League Two and returns to the Bees following a loan spell there last season. The 33-year-old has struggled to feature for the U’s in the past two seasons – playing second-fiddle to fellow left-back Marc Tierney.
So a busy January Transfer Window continues for Boothroyd and the U’s…
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