Date: 19th May 2011 at 3:43pm
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Ipswich Town defender Tom Eastman has signed for Colchester United having turned down the offer of a new deal at Portman Road.

Eastman, whose current deal was set to expire this summer, was offered a six month contract in April. The defender enjoyed a reasonable run in the first team under former boss Roy Keane with 12 appearances in all competitions, but having been unused by current manager Paul Jewell, the 19-year-old has decided to move on as a free agent having been offered a two year deal by League One Colchester United.

The news finally brings to a close the lengthy contract saga at Portman Road, with Eastman the last of the original 21 out-of-contract players to declare his position. David Cawley, Billy Clark, Pablo Counago, Reggie Lambe, Kevin Lisbie, Gareth McAuley, Ian McLoughin, Brian Murphy, David Norris and Alan Quinn are also leaving the club, whilst Jack Ainsley, Troy Brown, Damien Delaney, Carlos Edwards, Jamie Griffiths, Colin Healy, Conor Hourihane, Luke Hyam, Arran Lee-Barrett and Ronan Murray are staying. All eyes will now be on Jewell to replace the outgoing players and start building his own team with a view to challenging for promotion next season.

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