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Former Ireland international striker has joined Colchester United on a free transfer

Colchester United have signed former Republic of Ireland striker Clinton Morrison after the striker's contract with Sheffield Wednesday expired.

The 33-year-old has signed a two-year deal at the Colchester Community Stadium, and will join up with the U's for their pre-season training camp in Holland. Morrison had been training with Notts County during the week, but decided to turn down a move to the Magpies in favour of Colchester United.

Morrison won 36 Ireland caps between 2001 and 2006, scoring nine goals along the way, and made Mick McCarthy's 23 man squad for the 2002 World Cup.

The Tooting-born forward has 148 league goals to his name, having lined out for Crystal Palace, Birmingham City, Coventry City, Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons, and Brentford since making his senior debut back in 1998.

Morrison is manager John Ward's second signing of the summer after picking up forward Freddie Sears on a free transfer. The Irishman could make his first U's appearance in their pre-season friendly against Sears' old club, West Ham United, on Saturday.