Former Watford administrator Iain Moody has helped land Lloyd Doyley a deal at Colchester United.
Moody, who was Football Operations Manager under three managers at Vicarage Road, is working for the U’s as Head of Player Resources – and he has used his connections to take Doyley, who can play anywhere across the backline, to the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
Since being released by Rotherham at the end of last season, Doyley has been keeping in shape by working out at Watford’s UCL training ground in London Colney. He was also in the away end at the Olympic Stadium for the game against West Ham United.
The 33-year-old, who is ranked fifth in the club’s all-time appearance list, was on the verge of signing for Colchester in August but he injured a thigh training with Harry Kewell’s side and asked for six weeks to get fit.
He watched the U’s 1-1 draw with Crawley Town and their 2-1 cup defeat to Southampton Under-23s and agreed to sign for John McGreal’s side.
Doyley is joined in the Colchester squad by Watford-born left-back Lewis Kinsella but misses out on being reunited with ex-Hornets Gavin Massey and Marvin Sordell who were moved on in the summer.