COLCHESTER United youngster Ted Collins has extended his loan spell at Holland FC.

The goalkeeper made his debut for the coastal club in Saturday’s 3-2 victory at home to Hackney Wick.

He has been training with them but, due to call-offs and a lack of games, it was his first outing for the Thurlow Nunn League outfit.

Now it has been agreed that the 17-year-old will spend another month at the Palmer and Partners Community Stadium.

“Ted’s enjoying his time with us and, from our point of view, it’s great to have made that connection both with him and Colchester,” said Holland manager Paul Phelan.

“He had a very good debut on Saturday.

“There was nothing he could do about the goals and he kept us in the game after making an important save from a one-on-one opportunity.

“His handling was good and his communication brilliant.

“He’s a great character to have around the club and we’re delighted to have him on board.”

Meanwhile, Phelan has confirmed the appointment of his new assistant manager.

Former FC Clacton and Harwich and Parkeston boss Kieron Shelley is his new right-hand man and was in the dugout for Saturday’s victory against Hackney Wick.

“Kieron’s a very genuine, likeable guy and I believe he’s going to be a huge asset,” said Phelan.

“I think we’ll work really well together because we bring different qualities to the table.

“I like to focus on tactics and he’s a real motivator.

“He gees people up and gets the very best from them.

“That’s his great strength and, in terms of effort, he’ll help me get every drop out of every player.

“It was great having him alongside me in the dugout on Saturday.

“He took the warm-up and saw things in the game that I hadn’t noticed.

“That’s the beauty of having a second pair of eyes and it’s great having someone to bounce ideas off.”