We are delighted to announce the signing of Goalkeeper Ted Collins! 

21-year-old Ted Collins joins after coming through Colchester United’s academy. The Colchester-born keeper made his first team debut at just 19, coming on against Swindon Town in January 2022. He has also picked up experience out on loan with sides such as Holland, Potters Bar and Maldon & Tiptree. Since returning from his loan spells, Ted had been named among the Colchester United substitutes on a handful of occasions.

Manager Robbie Simpson said: “We thought long and hard this summer with what way we wanted to go with keepers.

The loan market, in terms of keepers for us, has been really fruitful and we have had some amazing keepers from some amazing clubs.

But ultimately, we’ve not managed to keep one of them for a whole season and that was a challenge, when that time came.

So, we knew we wanted to have a keeper for a whole season this year and the only way in which we could guarantee that was to sign our own.

Ted was high up the list when we decided to go down that route and, in actual fact, if he was to stay at Colchester and we looked for a loan be probably would have been on that list too – that obviously told us a lot.

He is rated highly and I think that his departure from Colchester came at a bit of a surprise to a lot of people and we hope to be the beneficiaries of that.

It is not the first time that we have taken a young player who has departed a football league club that was a bit of a surprise and try to help them bounce back into the football league and in return they become top performers for us.

We are certainly hoping that Ted is a top performer for us and that we can help him bounce back into the football league.

We are absolutely delighted to bring Ted to the football club and we are delighted to have our own goalie, our own number 1 and I can’t wait to get working with him!”

Welcome to the Clarets Ted! 


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