Colchester United have added experience to their defensive ranks with the signing of left-back Nicky Shorey on a free transfer, the club’s official website has confirmed.
The 34-year-old had been playing in India with Pune City following his release from Portsmouth at the end of last season, but he has returned to English football to assist in the Us fight to avoid relegation on a deal running until the end of the season.
Twice capped by England, Shorey will add vital experience to Kevin Keen’s squad, having racked up over 500 appearances in English football in all competitions for a total of eight clubs.
Shorey admitted his delight at signing for Colchester, telling the club’s website: “I’ve joined a good group of lads with a lot of quality, so I’m looking forward to working with them and making a positive contribution.
“I’ve been involved in training over the past week and really enjoyed it. The manager has explained exactly what he wants from me and I’m really looking forward to it.”
After beginning his career with Leyton Orient, the left-back went on to play nearly 300 times during seven seasons at Reading, with whom he won the Championship title and avoided relegation from the Premier League.
He then spent two years with Aston Villa, before turning out for Nottingham Forest, Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, Bristol City and Portsmouth.
United are in deep relegation trouble in the third tier, occupying 22nd place and sitting five points adrift of safety.
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