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IF Leo Cham­bers is half the player his role model was, then Colch­ester United have a bright prospect among their ranks.

The 20-year-old de­fender joined the U’s on loan from West Ham late last month and helped them end a 19-game win­less run with vic­tory at Brad­ford on Tues­day night.

Cham­bers re­vealed af­ter­wards he as­pires to fol­low in the foot­steps of a for­mer Ham­mers leg­end.

“The only cen­tre-half I've mod­elled my game on is Rio Fer­di­nand,” he said.

“He came from 20 min­utes down the road from me in south Lon­don.

“He’s come through West Ham’s academy and we have sort of sim­i­lar play­ing styles.

“If I could be half the player he was, I’ll be all right.”

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