Chelsea midfielder Billy Clifford has extended his loan spell at Colchester United until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old has so far made five appearances for the Essex side since making the switch, initially on a month-long deal, from Chelsea where he had been a regular in our Under-21 side this season.

A versatile player, Clifford has been operating largely as a holding midfielder in a 4-2-3-1 shape during his time at Colchester. His arrival helped stem a run of nine straight defeats, and with three wins in their last four Colchester now sit 19th in League One ahead of the weekend's visit to Sheffield United.