‘I think the manager brought me in to give his other strikers a big kick up the backside’ – Colchester United striker Dan Holman on his Wrexham loan deal

Dan Holman, in action for the U's against Doncaster

Dan Holman, in action for the U's against Doncaster - Credit: Su Anderson

Dan Holman just wants to be playing games, whether that be for Colchester United, Wrexham or elsewhere.

Frustrated striker Holman, who completed a dream move into the Football League this summer, by signing a two-year contract with the U’s from Braintree Town, has yet to start a senior game for anyone.

The 24-year-old, after four brief league appearances as a substitute for the U’s, was farmed out on loan to Conference club Wrexham in mid-September, on a one-month loan deal.

That deal is set to expire after Wrexham’s trip to Lincoln City this weekend, with Holman as yet making just four substitute outings for the Welsh club, totalling a mere 31 minutes on the pitch.

No wonder, then, that Holman is itching to get a start.


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Holman even admitted that he felt like he had been signed by Wrexham just to deliver a “kick up the backside” to the Red Dragons’ existing strikers.

“It’s true, I’ve been starved of action. The move to Wrexham has been alright, the lads are good and it’s a big club,” explained Holman.

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“But I came here to play games, that’s what the gaffer (Tony Humes) wanted me to do, and it just hasn’t happened.

“If you ask me, I think the Wrexham manager (Kevin Wilkin) brought me in to give his other strikers a big kick up the backside.

“They hadn’t been scoring many before I arrived, and they didn’t for a while, but they have been lately. I just haven’t been able to get a look-in, in terms of a start.

“In fact, with my first start, for (Wrexham) Reserves, I ended up scoring,” added Holman, with reference to his goal against Morecambe’s second string in a 2-1 win on Tuesday.

Holman has been in regular contact with U’s boss Humes, although no decision has yet been made on his short-term future after his loan deal expires this weekend.

“I’ll be speaking to the manager (Humes) again. He wanted me to play games, and get some minutes under my belt, so we will have to review the situation,” continued Holman.

“I don’t want to just be sitting on the bench every week, which is what has been happening at Wrexham. I want to be playing games, wherever that might be.”

With the exception of 45 minutes as a substitute in a Capital One Cup tie at Charlton, Holman has totalled a mere 45 minutes of action for the U’s, in four league games, and 31 minutes for Wrexham.

For the U’s, he has featured briefly against Oldham (six minutes), Bristol City (15), Doncaster (17) and Peterborough (seven).

And for Wrexham, he has only been used against Chester (nine), Eastleigh (15), Torquay (four) and Grimsby (three).

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