Colchester United land Gavin Massey loan deal

Gavin Massey
Massey signed a new two-year deal with Watford in the summer

Colchester United have signed young Watford striker Gavin Massey on a month's loan.

The 19-year-old had spent the last three months at Yeovil, where he scored three times in 17 games.

Two of his Glovers goals came against the U's in a 2-2 draw at the Weston Homes Community Stadium in October.

"He's up to speed at this level. We've got a young guy with some pace and strength about him," Colchester boss John Ward told BBC Essex.

"Watford are very hopeful that he's a young man who is going to get into their first team.

"Once I knew I couldn't get the targets I was after - and this is nothing against Gavin but I was after two senior players and I got a 'no' on both of those on Monday - I moved for Gavin quickly."

The forward will be available for Saturday's League One encounter against Chesterfield, subject to the completion of paperwork.

The deal is a youth loan, which means Massey's stay could be extended beyond the 93-day limit of a short-term senior loan.

As it stands he will remain at the U's until the trip to Yeovil on 18 February.