Colchester United swoop for Marcus Bean

Marcus Bean

Colchester United have completed the signing of out-of-contract midfielder Marcus Bean on a three-year deal.

The former Blackpool and Queens Park Rangers player was released by Brentford last month.

Colchester manager John Ward told the club's official website: "He is a big, strong midfielder who brings power to that part of the pitch.

"He has a good pedigree and has proven he can cope with being at the top end of this division."

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Jamaican Bean, 27, played 168 times in four years at fellow League One side Brentford.

He began his career at QPR and also had an 18-month spell at Blackpool.

Ward added: "We have young lads on two-year deals and we need a structure above them.

"Marcus is a player who will set a good example to the young boys in the club, as well as making our first team competitive and a strong group."

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