Clifford has lived up to the billing, says U's boss Dunne

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Loan ranger - Billy Clifford is staying at Colchester United until the end of the season after extending his loan from Chelsea. Picture: STEVE ARGENT (CO74608-46) Loan ranger - Billy Clifford is staying at Colchester United until the end of the season after extending his loan from Chelsea. Picture: STEVE ARGENT (CO74608-46)

Joe Dunne says securing Billy Clifford’s services until the end of the season is great news for Colchester United’s survival hopes.

Clifford will now remain at the U’s until the end of April, after his parent club Chelsea agreed to his loan being extended.

The 20-year-old has started all five of Colchester matches since arriving from Stamford Bridge last month, initially on a one-month loan.

Clifford has helped the U’s win three of their last four matches and has been impressive, in the club’s on-going battle to beat the drop.

Dunne said: “We’re delighted to have secured Billy’s services until the end of the season.

“I knew he was a talented young player when I brought him to Colchester.

“And he has proved to be every bit the player I thought he was and more.

“Every game is a cup final for us at the moment and he has handled it very well."

For more on this story and all of the latest Colchester United news, see Wednesday's Gazette.

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5:43pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Barside1 says...

'He's like a street footballer....'

Well, that's my kind of player and sounds like Joe's too.

Come on Billy - help keep us up!

Joe is making a very strong statement about young Clifford and it is so refreshing to hear a Colchester United manager who expresses himself outside the box.

I loved Joe's views on the effect of social networking on footballers.
'He's like a street footballer....' Well, that's my kind of player and sounds like Joe's too. Come on Billy - help keep us up! Joe is making a very strong statement about young Clifford and it is so refreshing to hear a Colchester United manager who expresses himself outside the box. I loved Joe's views on the effect of social networking on footballers. Barside1
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11:55pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Steve86 says...

You have played really well Clifford, keep it up. I recommend you run at the players more, just some helpful advice. Up the U's
You have played really well Clifford, keep it up. I recommend you run at the players more, just some helpful advice. Up the U's Steve86
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12:35am Thu 14 Feb 13

Boris says...

Barside1 wrote:
'He's like a street footballer....'

Well, that's my kind of player and sounds like Joe's too.

Come on Billy - help keep us up!

Joe is making a very strong statement about young Clifford and it is so refreshing to hear a Colchester United manager who expresses himself outside the box.

I loved Joe's views on the effect of social networking on footballers.
Once again I have to agree with Barside1. Common sense about the VAF, common sense about the U's.
[quote][p][bold]Barside1[/bold] wrote: 'He's like a street footballer....' Well, that's my kind of player and sounds like Joe's too. Come on Billy - help keep us up! Joe is making a very strong statement about young Clifford and it is so refreshing to hear a Colchester United manager who expresses himself outside the box. I loved Joe's views on the effect of social networking on footballers.[/p][/quote]Once again I have to agree with Barside1. Common sense about the VAF, common sense about the U's. Boris
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9:25am Thu 14 Feb 13

crazy comments says...

Some real good vibes coming out from the players currently in the U's squad. That creates a good impression with the supporters. It's going to take time but I can see a team of very good players being built. Keep it up lads.
Some real good vibes coming out from the players currently in the U's squad. That creates a good impression with the supporters. It's going to take time but I can see a team of very good players being built. Keep it up lads. crazy comments
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