Stockley makes Layer Road move permanent
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 25-year-old joins the Layer Road outfit on a free transfer after spending the last two months on loan with the Essex club.
The former Barnet player was expected to put pen-to-paper on a deal that would keep him with The U's until the summer of 2004.
Colchester boss Steve Whitton feels fortunate to land a player of Stockley's quality for nothing.
Whitton told the club's official website: "We're lucky to get him on a free transfer.
"Someone at Oxford United was prepared to put their faith in him and he doesn't become a bad player over night having originally been a £150,000 player!
"I've watched him since he was at Barnet and I feel we are lucky to get a player of that quality for nothing.
"He's done well since he's been here.
"Since he's been here on loan, he's proved he has a good engine and that he is willing to work hard.
"He's one of those players we look for all the time."
Meanwhile, midfielder Steve McGavin has ended his third spell at Colchester United by taking the managerial post at non-league Harwich & Parkeston.
McGavin had suffered from knee ligament damage recently and has decided not to return to training with the Layer Road outfit in order to take over as boss of the Jewson Eastern Counties League Premier Division club.
He told the Evening Gazette that he is relishing the opportunity with the Royal Oak ground outfit.
McGavin said: "I felt that my playing career at a professional and full-time level was coming to an end.
"I have been looking to move into the managerial side of the game for a long time.
"It is not a hasty decision and after meeting the chairman, I decided to take up the position at Harwich.
"The club already has a budget in place and I will have to work within that budget."