Sky Bet League One side Colchester United have announced on their official website that midfielder Owen Garvan has signed a new contract at the club.
The 27-year-old has signed a deal that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2017, after initially signing a short term deal until January.
However, he has impressed with his performances, and has been duly rewarded with a long-term contract.
Garvan was released by Premier League side Crystal Palace in the summer after five years and over 70 appearances at Selhurst Park, and was snapped up by U’s boss Tony Humes, whose side are currently 13th in League One.
Humes said: ‘We’re delighted that we have been able to sign Owen on a longer contract, keeping him here until the end of next season.’
Irishman Garvan began his career at Ipswich Town, making his senior debut for the Tractor Boys all the way back in 2005, and went on to appear 174 times for the Suffolk club, before moving to Palace in 2010.
The former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international has also had loan spells at Millwall and, most recently, Bolton Wanderers in 2014, but will now stay at the Weston Homes Community Stadium for two more years.
Humes’ side travel to Swindon Town this afternoon looking for a third straight league win.
Colchester fans… what do you make of the news? How good has Garvan been since he arrived at the club? Do you think he deserves a deal past the end of this season? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!