Colchester United have completed the signing of Jevani Brown for an undisclosed fee from Cambridge United.

As confirmed on Colchester’s official club website, the 24-year-old has penned a two-year deal to join the Essex club, who narrowly missed out on the playoffs, on the final day in 2018/19.

Brown netted eight goals and assisted 15 times in all competitions last season, for a Cambridge team which struggled to a 21st place finish in League Two.

His arrival fills the gap left by the departure of U’s top scorer Sammie Szmodics, who recently departed to join Championship side Bristol City.

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After the move was announced, Brown expressed his joy at signing for John McGreal’s side.

The Letchworth-born attacking midfielder arrives in Essex with nearly 200 senior appearances under his belt, after a two-year spell in Cambridgeshire.

He played 97 times for Colin Calderwood’s side in the last two seasons – scoring 14 times – joining them after scoring a goal a game at St Neots in the second half of the 2016/17 campaign.

This drew interest from Football League sides including Hull City and Birmingham City, with the Jamaican under-17 international spending time on trial at the Blues.

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With Brown entering the final year of his current contract, the Abbey Stadium outfit made the decision to cash in on the midfielder, rather than losing the player on a free transfer next summer.

Cambridge Head of Football Ben Strang told the Cambridge website: “Whilst our intention was to head in to this season with him as part of the first team group, we obviously recognised that clubs might come in for him over the summer.

“After considering and then negotiating on offers made for him over recent days, the club felt that this deal represented good value.

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“Whilst ideally we would want to progress players further up the Football League, Colchester’s offer was the most attractive financially, reflecting their interest ahead of other interested parties.”

Head Coach Colin Calderwood added: “We wish Jevani well in his future footballing career. He has obviously done well at the Club and everyone is very grateful for his contribution.  A move like this is part and parcel of football business and also obviously reflects well on our recruitment.

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