U's play down Halford exit

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Colchester United manager Phil Parkinson has played down reports striker Greg Halford could leave the club.

The striker impressed for England in the recent Under-20 tournament in Toulon leading some to believe a bid may be forthcoming.

However, Parkinson has not spoken to any clubs about Halford and is treating reports regarding the 20-year-old as just paper talk.

"It's just speculation, nothing more," said Parkinson to the Evening Gazette. "I've had my phone on all summer and nobody has called me with regards to Greg.

"I can fully understand why there's speculation about him after how well he did in France and it wouldn't surprise me if some clubs were contemplating him.

"Speculation is one thing, it actually happening is another."