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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.

Cole Skuse agrees that his team mate and good friend Luke Chambers has probably taken on too much responsibility as Ipswich Town captain.

Shrewsbury Town chief executive Brian Caldwell has ruled out Paul Hurst returning to the club following his recent sacking by Ipswich Town.

More than 500 tickets have been donated for Ipswich Town’s home game against West Brom next Friday evening after one small act of kindness gained online momentum.

Toto Nsiala may currently find himself on the fringes of the Ipswich Town first-team but the central defender continues to make an impact off the field each and every week.

We’ve ranked the home kits of all 24 Championship teams. So who comes out on top?

Andre Dozzell has revealed his frustration as his return to action stalled earlier in the season but the teenager is now hungry for minutes on the field after returning to the first-team picture.

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

ANDY WARREN spoke to Ipswich Town No.2 Stuart Taylor about his journey from cleaning Paul Lambert’s boots at St Mirren to assisting him at Portman Road.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

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