Southend United can confirm that Dave Huzzey will join Colchester United as Academy Manager.
Huzzey has been at Blues for nine years, working his way through from Development coach to most recently taking the U23s, who beat Fleetwood Town in the Premier League Cup earlier today.
Huzzey had been managing the U18s before that, and was in charge for their EFL Youth Alliance Merit League One winning season last term.
Blues’ Academy Manager Ricky Duncan said: "Dave has come all the way through as a 19-year-old that I spotted and I knew had the potential to go on and be the coach that he’s become.
"He’s worked hard and been an absolute credit to the football club in the time that he’s been here and it’s disappointing to lose him but I understand he’s getting to an age that he wants to try something new.
"The opportunity has come up at Colchester and we had a long chat but I could see that he needed another challenge and that’s why he’s leaving us.
"He said to me that Southend is his club but deep down he wants a new challenge and he wants to experience a different type of role.
"He’s worked with Elvis [Bwomono], he’s worked with Charlie [Kelman] and others that have been developed by us over the nine years. We offered him the U23s which he’s been doing since Kevin Maher left, but Colchester came come along and offered him a position that is an Academy Manager in itself, incorporating the role as U23s coach and it was something he wanted to take.
"It would’ve had to been something like that for him to leave and I think incorporating the two it’s something he wanted to try.”
On his departure, Huzzey said: "I've massively enjoyed my time at Southend and it's quite emotional really because I've been here for nine years. From a 19-year-old working part-time in the Academy to today working with the U23s in the Premier League Cup and managing them to a win.
"It's been a rollercoaster of emotions, I know it's a cliche but it has, but mostly good ones.
"Last year was a massive moment, winning the league with the players we had not available due to being in the first team.
"Seeing players go into the first team and the success we've had is what it's all about.
"I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone at the club because they've been so helpful and really put me on my way."
Everyone at the club wishes Huzzey the best in his next challenge.