The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Tom Black­ett

THE loan win­dow opened for busi­ness on Wed­nes­day – and Colch­ester United were one of the clubs to take ad­van­tage.

Chair­man Rob­bie Cowl­ing made it clear in the week that he wasn’t about to jet­ti­son un­der-fire man­ager Tony Humes ( see page 47) – and now he’s backed him with a cou­ple of sign­ings.


The U’s swooped for Pre­ston keeper Jamie Jones, 26, on a three­month loan. The for­mer Ley­ton Ori­ent man will fill the void left by Sam Walker, who suf­fered a cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in­jury last month.

The League One side have also brought in for­mer Wat­ford and Bolton striker Marvin Sordell, who was re­leased by Burn­ley ear­lier this month. The U’s will be hop­ing to get the best out of the 24-yearold ex-Eng­land U21 and Great Bri­tain for­ward.

I’ve come here to play football, en­joy my game and help Colch­ester United,” he said. “If I can use my ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing at the top level and that helps the younger play­ers then that would be great.”

Yeovil Town have had ter­ri­ble luck with in­juries so far this sea­son and are down to the bare bones. There­fore, it’s no great sur­prise that man­ager Paul Stur­rock has dipped into the loan mar­ket to bring in Lu­ton Town midfielder Jake How­ells.

Although he is only 24, How­ells has notched up al­most 300 ap­pear­ances for the Hat­ters and will add vi­tal ex­pe­ri­ence to the Yeovil young­sters be­ing forced to fill the breach.

Not­ting­ham For­est have boosted their ranks by snap­ping up Crys­tal Palace midfielder Jonny Wil­liams on loan un­til mid-Jan­uary. The 21-yearold Welsh in­ter­na­tional has had three loan spells with another Cham­pi­onship club, Ip­swich Town, in the past.

Wil­liams pre­vi­ously played un­der cur­rent For­est boss Dougie Freedman at Palace.

“I can’t thank him enough be­cause he gave me my break­through in the football world,” said Wil­liams.“That was a good fac­tor in com­ing here.”

Northamp­ton Town have moved to shore up their de­fence by snap­ping up Peterborough’s Shaun Bris­ley, 25, and QPR’s Dar­nell Fur­long, 19, on one-month loans.


Cen­tre-back Bris­ley and right­back Fur­long will give Cob­blers boss Chris Wilder greater de­fen­sive op­tions. The lat­ter is the son of ex-QPR striker Paul Fur­long.

Ch­ester­field have strength­ened with the ad­di­tion of 26-year-old utlil­ity man Chris Herd. The Aus­tralian in­ter­na­tional, re­leased by As­ton Villa in the sum­mer, has joined un­til Jan­uary.

Dean Saun­ders’ Spire­ites have also signed West Brom de­fender Jack Fitzwa­ter, 17, on a month’s loan.

PEDI­GREE: Colch­ester have snapped up Marvin Sordell, while Jonny Wil­liams, inset, is on loan at For­est

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