It has been a frustrating few weeks for Colchester manager John Ward as he scours the market for a new striker, and he has asked U's fans to be patient as the search continues.

Ward's charges have reported back for pre-season with only Steven Gillespie and Kayode Odejayi among their number in the striking department, and acquisitions need to be made before the start of the new campaign.

It's far from an ideal situation for Colchester - who will be pushing for promotion to the Npower Championship next season - but Ward is as calm as ever, and is content to wait for the right player to come along.

"We spoke early to a couple of players and they chose elsewhere, we'll keep trying," the U's manager told BBC Essex.


"I may have to be patient, I knew I would probably have to wait a little while and that's still the case."

It had been rumoured that Ward was considering bringing Jamie Cureton back to the club but, after the experience forward joined Leyton Orient, the former Carlisle boss said he was never in the running for the 35-year-old.

"Jamie's very similar to Steven Gillespie and that may not have worked - I just want it to be a bit more compatible," Ward added. "I've got patience and I hope everybody else has as well."

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