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

U's boss John McGreal. Picture: STEVE WALLER

U's boss John McGreal. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

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.

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“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.

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“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.

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