Colchester United have confirmed the departure of experienced player Charlie Daniels.
The left-back’s contract, which was in place until the end of the season, has been terminated by mutual consent.
The 35-year-old, who came through the youth system at Tottenham Hotspur, joined The Us last summer after a successful trial period with the club and has featured for the side 19 times this season. His most recent appearance was just over a week ago in his side’s game against Forest Green, where he made his 500th career appearance.
The defender has a wealth of experience in the Football League and also played Premier League football during his time with Bournemouth where he spent 12 years and made 244 appearances. However as Colchester currently find themselves three points above the relegation zone in League Two and under new management, the decision has been made that Daniels will depart.
Discussing the decision to part ways with the defender, Colchester’s Director of Football Tony Humes told the club’s Official Media: “It’s been great to have someone with Charlie’s quality in the squad, both for what he did as a player on the pitch, and how good he has been in passing on his experience to the younger players off the pitch.
“He has played at the highest level, and hopefully our young lads will take on board what he has said, and can use it going forward in their careers.
“It was agreed that his contract would be mutually terminated, we thank him for his time here and wish him well.”
Aside from the Forest Green game, Daniels has been out of favour for Colchester in the league since the start of December. Therefore, this departure doesn’t come as the biggest shock from that perspective.
On the other hand though, it is strange to let such an experienced player go when preparing to fight a relegation battle. The older players can be just what you need and as Humes says, his experience has had a great influence on the younger players at the club.
At the age of 35 now with 500 career appearances under his belt, but still ability on the pitch too, it will be interesting to see where Daniels goes from here. Whether or not he wants to find another club for the remainder of the season or feels this is the right time to retire from football remains to be seen.