The Herts Advertiser report that Percy Kiangebeni’s switch to League Two side Colchester United came as a surprise to Ian Allinson, but he has wished the former St Albans City player well.

Saints had cancelled the midfielder’s contract at Clarence Park on Tuesday of last week meaning that his move to The U’s two days later on transfer deadline day saw no money involved.

And the City boss explained that the decision to release the 21-year-old was made to help both the club and the player.

Speaking to the Herts Ad, Allinson said: “We have got seven midfielders at the club and somewhere along the line we needed to cut that to keep within the budget.

“We could’ve looked to move one of the others on but we need players who if they aren’t playing week in, week out, will fight hard in training.

“We had a conversation with him and he wanted to play elsewhere so we have to respect that.

“The Colchester thing came up after that and was a bit of a surprise but that’s football and good luck to him.”

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