FORMER Colchester United favourite Sammie Szmodics is celebrating another career milestone.

The 28-year-old ex-U's academy player has now clocked up 300 career league appearances after featuring for Championship side, Blackburn Rovers in their 1-1 draw with Norwich City.

Szmodics joined Blackburn from Peterborough United in August, 2022 and has now made 76 appearances for them in all competitions.


He has been in great form for Rovers this season, scoring 23 times and is currently the Championship’s leading scorer, with 18 goals.

Posting on social media, Szmodics thanked Rovers along with all of his former clubs including Colchester and Braintree Town, after reaching the personal landmark.

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He said: ‘Also in the madness of today honoured to reach this milestone. Hopefully many more to come. Thanks to everyone involved so far @ColU_Official @braintreetownfc @BristolCity @theposh @Rovers 💙’.

Szmodics scored a total of 40 times in 165 appearances for his home town club Colchester, between 2013 and 2019.


The former Stanway School pupil twice finished as the U's top scorer during his time at the JobServe Community Stadium.

Szmodics ended his 16-year association with the U's when he joined Championship side Bristol City, in the summer of 2019.

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The former U's academy product joined Peterborough on a four-year deal from the Robins in September 2020 having previously been on loan at Posh, where he made 86 league and cup appearances, scoring 23 times.

Since joining Blackburn in the summer of 2022, Szmodics has gone from strength to strength and is enjoying an excellent season with the Lancashire club.