Colchester United sign Martin Rowlands after QPR exit

Martin Rowlands

Colchester United have signed midfielder Martin Rowlands until the end of the season following his release by Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old former Republic of Ireland international joined Rangers from Brentford in 2003 and went on to make 217 appearances.

His last game for the London side was a Carling Cup loss to Rochdale in August.

"After speaking to the manager it seemed the right place to go to," he told BBC Essex.

"There were a few options but this is the one that I chose.

"I just want to get back playing and playing regular football. We can see what happens in the long-term future."

Rowlands has played 10 League One games already this season, during a three-month loan spell at strugglers Wycombe Wanderers.

He has won five caps for his country and has made 367 appearances in total during his career and scored 53 goals.

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