COLCHESTER United fans will be sweating over the future of four of their key players this summer.

While the bulk of the U’s out of-contract players look like signing new deals, including the likes of Brian Wilson, Matt Heath and Lloyd James, there are no guarantees that an important quartet will still be at the club.

The trio of Magnus Okuonghae, Ben Williams and Kayode Odejayi are all out of contract, and bound to be attracting interest from other clubs.

The fourth, Anthony Wordsworth, still has a year left on his current deal, although the U’s will find it difficult to keep hold of him, if a tempting offer comes in from a Championship or fellow League One outfit.

If all four do stay with the U’s, then another strong season looks on the cards. If most of them go, manager John Ward has some hard work on his hands trying to replace them, with a tightening budget.

Here is a run-down of the big four, the backbone of the whole team:

1 Magnus Okuonghae: the U’s first choice centre-half is considering his future, but he was quite upbeat after the final game at Notts County, suggesting that he could well stay at the Community Stadium. However, that depends on what offers come in.

2 Ben Williams: the U’s No. 1 keeper has also been offered a new deal, and he is currently weighing up his options. He has proved himself to be one of the best keepers in the division, but if he does decide to leave, then Ward will not be looking for another keeper – he will simply promote Mark Cousins to the No. 1 jersey.

3 Kayode Odejayi: I spoke to the big man only last week, and he also confirmed that he had been offered a new deal by the U’s, although that offer had only come during the last fortnight. He only scored five goals this season, but he will be a difficult man to replace if he does leave. There aren’t too many powerful centre-forwards available.

4 Anthony Wordsworth: The classy midfielder has no plans to leave Colchester. He is planning for another season with the U’s, and it will need a big bid – certainly well in excess of £500,000 – to persuade the U’s to part company with their biggest asset.