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‘All our business has been done’ – U’s boss McGreal

PUBLISHED: 16:03 03 August 2018

U's boss John McGreal. Picture: STEVE WALLER

U's boss John McGreal. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Colchester United boss, John McGreal, could not have hoped for a better pre-season, in terms of the friendlies played and the new signings captured in the transfer market.

But now the big test starts – a League Two opener away at Notts County, who have been installed by most bookmakers as favourites for promotion, and the title.

The opening day of last season yielded a disappointing 3-1 defeat away at Accrington Stanley, who went on to finish as league champions. The U’s finished in a distant 13th spot, a sizeable 13 points adrift of the play-offs.

Certainly, the U’s do not want a repeat of that opening day experience, or the season as whole.

To that end, the likes of midfielder Harry Pell plus front-runners Frank Nouble, Aaron Collins and Luke Norris have been added to the squad during the summer, and all four could make their U’s competitive debuts at Meadow Lane tomorrow.

“We did well to get the players that we wanted this summer, and that’s it. All our business has been done, I think,” explained McGreal.

“Notts County have invested well and, like with all clubs in League Two, there has been a huge turnaround in players.

“Playing against Notts County should be a good yardstick for ourselves, playing in front of a big crowd on the first day of the season.

“They had a lot of success last year, despite just missing out on promotion, and they will be wanting to build on that.

“They are looking to get out of this league – they have made that known – but then so do we.

“I have a fully fit squad, everyone is fit, and the new faces should give us that little bit extra experience.

“It’s certainly pleasing to be injury-free, because we had a ton of injuries last season, but we know we can lose players in a heartbeat.

“But we feel that we have invested wisely,” added McGreal.

Club captain and central defender Luke Prosser signed a new two-year deal, earlier in the summer, which was a huge plus for the U’s.

And a fully-fit Brennan Dickenson will be another big bonus after all his injury woes of the last year.

Tristan Nydam is keen to make the most of his loan stay in Scotland but is still keeping a firm eye on parent club Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst is the favourite in the betting as his former club Shrewsbury search for a new manager.

Former Ipswich Town goalkeeper Shane Supple has announced his retirement from football for a second time, due to a persistent hip injury.

ANDY WARREN takes a look at the changes made by Paul Lambert since his appointment as Ipswich Town manager.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features David Johnson signing for Town and Sir Bobby Robson’s testimonial match at Portman Road

Former Ipswich Town loanee Richie Wellens has been appointed Swindon Town manager, naming Noel Hunt as his assistant.

Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back with the latest episode of the Kings of Anglia Podcast.

Jordan Spence has hailed the impact of manager Paul Lambert and believes the Blues can pull themselves away from trouble if they maintain the high standards they have set.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features wins over Arsenal and Stoke, while we also remember the late Marton Fulop.

Flynn Downes has been called into the England U20 for their game with Germany in Colchester next week.

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