Luke Hannant makes Cambridge United exit
Luke Hannant has turned down the offer of a new contract at Cambridge United, and joined Colchester United.
The 27-year-old midfielder will depart after two years at the Abbey Stadium, having joined from Port Vale in the summer of 2019.
Hannant was returning to the U's having previously been part of the youth set-up at the club, although he was released as an 18-year-old and fought his way back up through the non-League system, and spells with Dereham Town, Team Northumbria and Gateshead.
A story on United's website read: "Cambridge United can confirm that discussions over a new contract with Luke Hannant have now ended.
"The 27-year-old, who was part of the club’s academy set-up as a youngster, made 77 appearances for the U’s over the past two seasons, scoring eight goals.
"Hannant has now decided to explore a new opportunity and has agreed to join another club.
"Cambridge United would like to thank Luke for his contribution to the club and community during his time with the U’s and wish him all the best for the future."
It has been confirmed that Hannant has signed a two-year deal at Colchester.
On the Essex side's website, he said: "Last season was obviously a good one for me and Cambridge, being able to get a promotion under the belts was a great achievement for us all.
"But I was ready for a different challenge. I feel I'm an established League Two player now and the project that the manager said is in place for this season is something I really want to be a part of."
Hannant posted a message to Cambridge United fans on social media, which read: "Don't know where to start really, as it's been quite emotional writing this, having gained so many friends and brothers in the last 2 years at Cambridge.
"Last season was unforgettable for myself, team and club as a whole. I take great pleasure and honour to have played a part in the promotion and no one can ever take away from such a special group.
"I'd like to thank Bonz [United head coach Mark Bonner] who gave me the chance to come back to Cambridge, and for helping me along the way. To the fans, who have been outstanding in such hard circumstances and have always been good to me, which I appreciate a lot.
"I'd like to wish everyone who is associated with the club the very best for the upcoming season, I will be rooting for you in league 1.
"Sometimes in football things don't work out, but the show must go on for both the club and me as a player."