Chelmsford City is delighted to announce that midfielder Louis Dunne has committed to the club until the end of the 2023-24 season.

Dunne, 24, signed for Chelmsford in April 2021 from Farnborough after coming through the academy at Colchester United and was one of the top appearance-makers for the Clarets in his first season, playing 42 times including scoring a brilliant solo effort away at St Albans. He passed 50 appearances for the Clarets this season and scored a memorable late winner against Dartford in early December last year. However, his season was brought to an end the following week when he suffered a serious leg injury at St Albans which required surgery and a long recovery for the midfielder.

Louis has also joined the coaching staff of the Chelmsford City academy side this season, assisting Mickey Spillane and Simeon Jackson with our youngsters in the National League Youth Alliance.

Robbie Simpson commented on Dunne’s new deal, “Louis before his injury was showing signs and progressing towards being a really top midfielder at this level. He really impressed me as well when we played teams in the league above, especially the Barnet FA Cup replay at home when I thought he was the best player on the pitch. He’s a big part of our future as he’s now helping Mickey out with the academy side and he’s really bought into what we’re trying to be as a football club.

Obviously he suffered a horrific injury and we want to look after him and repay his loyalty to us. It needs to be said Louis has agreed to take a large reduction in wages until he is back fit so that played a part in it, which just shows what a great person he is and how much he is willing to sacrifice for the team and the club to get success. We’re delighted that Louis has agreed a new deal with us until the end of next season. We hope his operation and rehab goes well and we are waiting patiently for his return next season for us.”

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