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Cambridge United v Colchester United, player interview: Sanmi Odelusi wants to help the U’s to promotion

PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 September 2017

Sanmi Odelusi, the ex-Wigan striker who could be involved for Colchester at the Abbey Stadium.

Sanmi Odelusi, the ex-Wigan striker who could be involved for Colchester at the Abbey Stadium.

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Sanmi Odelusi helped Blackpool to win promotion to League One last season, and the 24-year-old front-runner would love to repeat the dose at his new club Colchester United.

Odelusi sees today’s match, at local rivals Cambridge United, as the “perfect game to make my debut,” although he realises that he might have to bide his time to cement a place in the team.

“Whenever I am called upon, whether it be on Saturday to do a job from the start, or from the bench, or even if I am not involved, either way I am still part of the team and I’m here to encourage the boys and to benefit the whole club,” enthused Odelusi.

“Last season I was on loan at Rochdale, from Wigan, and then in the second half of the season I helped Blackpool to get promoted. I look on myself as a flair player. For both Rochdale and Blackpool I played mainly on the flank, though when we went behind I changed to playing up top.”

Dagenham-born Odelusi was a rare starter at League One outfit Rochdale. In fact, 14 of his 15 league appearances were as a substitute during the first half of the last campaign.

He also only started one league game for promotion-seeking Blackpool, although he did score in a 4-1 win at Carlisle last February.

A free agent following his release from former club Wigan, Odelusi did not hesitate to join the U’s, initially on a permanent contract until January.

“There were a few clubs that were interested,” revealed Odelusi. “But I have been at Colchester for two weeks or so. The manager (John McGreal), assistant manager (Steve Ball) and the players have all made me feel at home, and I think I have made the right decision.

“The team likes to keep the ball, and I was impressed with the Forest Green Rovers game. That ticked all the boxes for me, watching them play last weekend.

“I also think the (Weston Homes Community) Stadium looks like a Championship stadium, and I see no reason why the club can’t get back up there.”

Odelusi added: “The Cambridge game this weekend would be the ideal match for me to make my debut.”

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