This time last season, Colchester United were already feeling the effects of long-term injuries, with both club skipper Luke Prosser and key left-sided specialist Brennan Dickenson stuck in the treatment room for months on end.
Brennan Dickenson, fighting fit again after all his injury woes, believes that Colchester United should be good enough to clinch automatic promotion this season, and not just target a top-seven play-off finish.
Kane Vincent-Young is unlikely to be a part of Colchester United boss John McGreal’s plans, after the 22-year-old failed to a sign a new contract just 24 hours before the season opener at Notts County.
Colchester United can be warmly satisfied with their opening day showing at Notts County, on a sun-kissed Saturday afternoon at Meadow Lane, the home of the oldest surviving Football League club in the world.
Colchester United have a more physical look to them for this coming season, and that should stand them in good stead as they try and secure promotion from League Two, at the third time of asking, following relegation in 2016.