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Colchester United sign David Mooney and Conor Powell

Conor Powell and David Mooney
Mooney (left) joins on loan while Powell signs an 18-month deal

Colchester United have signed former Bohemians left-back Conor Powell on a free transfer, while David Mooney has extended his loan stay until May.

And midfielder Anthony Wordsworth has committed his future to the club by signing a new two-and-a-half year deal.

But Tom Williams, who has left Bristol City and was on loan with Colchester, will not be offered a contract.

"I'm just happy to have signed here now," Irishman Mooney, on loan from Reading, told BBC Essex.

"I spoke to Reading and they said there were other clubs interested but I told them I wanted to stay in Colchester.

"I think other clubs were offering more money towards my wages but Reading have decided to let me stay here."

The 26-year-old has scored nine goals in 23 games during his five-month spell with the U's.

Former Republic of Ireland under-21 player Powell, 23, completed his move on Monday and signs an 18-month deal..

He has been without a club since leaving Bohemians in November, at the end of the 2010 season.

"He'll hopefully play a few games before the end of the season and beyond," said boss John Ward.

"We think we've got a good young player there with things to prove. The Irish season was completed a little while ago so he hasn't been playing that regularly but it won't be long before we get him going."

Meanwhile, Wordsworth, Colchester's 22-year-old academy product, has been rewarded for his five goals in 18 league games this season.

"Anthony got into double figures last season and had been the subject of much attention," said Ward.

"We have been talking about making a team for the town, so it's an excellent situation for us to help push his career on.

"He has become an integral part of the team over the last 18 months and I am looking forward to working with him further."

Colchester are also close to completing a deal to sign Icelandic international forward Mathias Vilhjalmsson.



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