Ward rules out Benson move
Colchester United manager John Ward maintains that he is not going to sign the injured Paul Benson on loan from Charlton.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 28/09/11 5:42pm
Colchester United manager John Ward maintains that he is not going to sign Paul Benson on loan from Charlton Athletic until the striker attains full fitness.
United are keen to bolster their attacking department for the 2011/12 campaign as they just have Kayode Odejayi and Steven Gillespie as their recognised forwards.
Benson has been linked with a move to the Colchester Community Stadium but is currently out with a broken finger.
And Ward explains that he is not willing to take the 31-year-old on board amid the current situation.
"I don't want to take him if he is injured, but we are still looking to bring attacking players into the football club," he told skysports.com.
"Paul Benson is injured at the moment, so that isn't going to happen until that clears up.
"I would like a bit more experience up front to complement Kayode Odejayi and Steven Gilldespie, who have both been around a bit, because we went with a couple of younger lads last season and although they were good, I'd like another experienced one to bolster the squad.
"It is proving a little awkward for us, but I have been a little particular in my search, which is probably why it hasn't happened as of yet, but I'm a patient man and will keep trying to do it."
Reflecting on their narrow 1-0 victory over 10-man Walsall in League One on Saturday, Ward stated: "We tried to get more goals and with 19 attempts on goal no one can that we didn't try to add to our tally.
"We know that it isn't always as easy as it seems against 10 men, so to get a victory was the important thing.
"Obviously, we would have liked to have made it a more emphatic victory, but three points was the most important thing at this stage.
"We also restricted Walsall to just four attempts on goal over the 90 minutes as well and the clean sheet was another thing for us.
"We got turned over at Bramall Lane and paid the penalty for that, but we haven't defended as well as we'd have liked at the start of this season, so it was always good for the keeper and back four to pick up a clean sheet."