Per the official Colchester United website, it was announced this morning that the U’s have signed Swansea City striker Casey Thomas on a 2 month loan deal. The 20 year old has played little football in his time at Swansea, making only 2 senior squad appearances for the Swans, and so he is keen to get some experience.

“It’s important I try and get some Football League games under my belt at my age. I’ve had spells on loan at Newport and Port Talbot, so this is the next step for me.”

Originally brought to Swansea as a winger, Thomas could provide the depth that Colchester desperately need in both central and wide attacking positions (a subject I discussed yesterday). However, with his only experience coming in limited playing time with Swansea, with Welsh sides Newport and Port Talbot and a handful of international appearances with Welsh youth teams, it remains to be seen how effective a player he can be at this level.

John Ward will certainly hope he can make a contribution however with Steven Gillespie out for an indefinite period, as well as Michail Antonio’s last game of his impressive loan spell being tomorrow’s encounter at Tranmere. Nonetheless, if Thomas is to make an impact he most certainly is going to have to impress quickly given his short spell at Weston Homes Community Stadium.

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