"John's a good player. He's been unfortunate not to have been in the side," Ward added.
"I think people can see why I brought Brian into the club but John's a really top pro, he's been spot on with his preparation and for me it's a straightforward decision."
Meanwhile the U's manager says he is in talks with Reading about extending the loan spell of striker David Mooney.
The 26-year-old has scored nine times in 22 games for Colchester, but Ward is not confident he can keep hold of the Irishman, who is set to return to the Madejski after the match against Leyton Orient on 3 January.
"I've spoken to Reading about that, I think at this moment in time they may want to take him back," he said.
"I'm not giving up on it yet, I'm still in the throes of that one."
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