Colchester have recalled two players from loan spell, one of which is defender Cameron James, returning from National League Braintree.
James, who rose through the academy ranks at Colchester, had established himself as regular at Cressing Road. He’s now needed back with the U’s following injuries to Tom Eastman and Tom Lapslie.
He appeared on the bench last night as John McGreal’s side faced Cambridge and will add cover in their upcoming League Two matches.
James can play in a variety of positions, mainly in defence but has been predominantly playing in central midfield for Braintree.
Another player returning to the club is defender Ollie Kensdale, who had been on loan at Maldon and Tiptree. He made his senior debut last night in the Checkatrade Trophy match.
“We’re short of defenders – we just had Luke (Prosser) and Frank (Kent) as the centre-backs so we had to pull Ollie (Kensdale) back,” said McGreal. “Cameron can do a little bit of that area as well, so we had to call them back. ”
“They’re both match fit, which is why we took the decision. Cam has been playing good football in the National League and Ollie has at Maldon. Cam has been regularly playing in the division below and he’s our player, so we feel as though we need to have him back in the squad.”
“He’s played 20-odd games for us the year before last.”
Players go out on loan and benefit from regular football, so it seems Colchester are hoping to reap the rewards of that.
There’s every chance they’ll cover, perhaps get a few minutes and go back out in January when the other players return to fitness.
You never know, they might just establish themselves as first team regulars.