Colchester midfielder Alan Judge believes he is enjoying the last few years of his career after winning the League Two February Goal of the Month. He has played for a number of clubs across the country and has settled in Colchester for the first time. Judge suffered a leg break in April 2016 during his time at Brentford. It took him two years of recovery to get back to football but by then he could not break into the team and moved to Ipswich.

“I felt like myself again in the first six months I was at Ipswich, without a doubt. I was enjoying my football,” Colchester midfielder Alan Judge said. “Then QPR tried to buy me and obviously I was interested. It was Championship football and my family still lived in London. Things were leaked to the Ipswich press, but they didn’t get the full ins and outs of what was going on with my family life and fans just thought I wanted to leave straight away, which wasn’t the case, and that took a while for me to get over.”

“Initially, I had a release clause in my contract. When I first signed at Ipswich, I was given an 18-month deal, but I signed a new one after six or seven weeks; my theory behind giving the release clause was so the owner would get his money back for taking a gamble on me after my injury. Not many teams would have taken a gamble on a player coming back from two years out,” he added. “But the owner didn’t want to sell me – it was as simple as that. I just lived with it and didn’t kick up a fuss or refuse to train. I told him about my family situation, but he really wanted me to stay.”

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