Freddie Sears is playing ‘happy football’

FREDDIE Sears is already enjoying a new lease of life at Colchester United.

The ex-West Ham attacker has fitted comfortably into his role behind the lone striker during pre-season, contributing four goals.

“Freddie’s playing happy football,” said Ward.

“I’m learning how I like to play him and learning what we want to do with him.

“Certainly, give him the ball in the top half of the field and he’s a threat. He has good pace over the first five yards, puts defenders on the back foot and is getting his goals as well.

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“I think all players are confidence players. We all like to feel comfortable and Freddie is in a happy place.

“As a manager, I try not to complicate his football, or anyone else’s.”

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Sears enjoyed his loan stint with the U’s last season, even though he only started five games. But now the 22-year-old is set to be a regular in the starting line-up.

“When Freddie first came here on loan, I didn’t use him all the time,” explained Ward.

“That was more down to me than him, because I had Kay (Odejayi) and Gilly (Steven Gillespie). But they’ve since moved on.

“When I brought him in again, I said – ‘I want you to play.’ – We’ve got a good player.”

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