Newcastle United are ready to hand Cal Roberts a free transfer.
Roberts has been told by Newcastle United he won't be getting a new deal - according to Colchester boss John McGreal.
Roberts is back at United after his loan deal was cut short at Layer Road this week.
But McGreal told the media: said: “Cal was told the other week by Newcastle that he wasn't getting a contract.
“His head went a little bit to be fair because I think he was thinking that there was a possibility of him getting a contract there.
“He's been there all his career and played for them this year.
“It's been tough for Cal and he's been away from home.
“He's still got a bit of a sore ankle and he wants to get that right and I think Newcastle pulled him back to get him some training and get him into the under-23s and put a little bit into the shop window."
When asked if he would sign Roberts on a free transfer, McGreal stated: “We know he'll be out of contract and Newcastle have told him.
“We'd consider everyone in the summer because at this moment in time, recruitment drives and things are getting flagged up."