Rhys Healey is on the Colchester United goal trail again

Rhys Healey

Rhys Healey - Credit: Richard Blaxall/Focus Images Ltd

Rhys Healey has been on fire, since his arrival on loan from Cardiff City in mid-September.

The 19-year-old has already scored four goals in five league appearances for Colchester United, a very impressive ratio.

Healey celebrated his fourth, in last Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Swindon Town. But such are his high standards, that he was disappointed not to have added more goals to his tally, or at least set up team-mate Freddie Sears for a late winner.

And he will be hoping for more goals, against visiting Port Vale this afternoon.

“It’s always nice to get on the score-sheet, as a striker,” explained Healey.

“I thought I was going to get the winner as well (at Swindon), but what happens, happens, and we go again, against Port Vale.

“I’m happy. I thought I could have done better in the first half (at Swindon), but in the second half I thought I put a shift in, and got a goal to get us back in the game early.

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“Gavin (Massey) then got the second to get us a point, but I should have squared it to Freddie (Sears) late on for the winner. I just couldn’t get the ball out of my feet.

“Freddie is unbelievable. I’m just gutted not to put him in, when I should have,” added Healey.

Manchester-born Healey began his career in the Welsh Premier League, with Gap Connah’s Quay, before joining Cardiff at the start of 2013.

He made his first team debut for Cardiff, as a substitute against Chelsea on the final day of last season, but he is now enjoying his first run of senior action in the Football League with the U’s.

He has already scored three goals on the road, at Crewe, Preston and Swindon, as well as netting the equaliser in last Tuesday night’s 2-1 home win over Chesterfield.

And he is especially indebted to fellow attacker Massey, for these four goals.

“Gavin (Massey) set me up again last Saturday. In fact, I think he’s got an assist for every goal I’ve scored at Colchester!” continued Healey.

“If I get a chance, nine times out of 10 I’ll take it, but as you could see at Swindon, there’s two or three I should have taken.

“They come and go, and in another game I could get three or four.

“I’m really happy the gaffer (Tony Humes) chose me to start (at Swindon), and I just hope I didn’t let him down. There are always places up for grabs.

“I haven’t had any feedback from Cardiff, but Colchester is a good club, and I’m delighted to be getting some experience and getting some game-time.

“It’s what every young player wants, to play in the League.”

Meanwhile, referring to Healey’s situation, U’s boss Humes said: “We gave got Rhys until mid-December, so hopefully he will stay until then.

“I’ve spoken to Russell Slade (Cardiff manager), who is quite happy with Rhys being here at the minute, so we want to keep that going.

“I told Russell that I’m really pleased with Rhys.

“He’s obviously got a lot of learning to do as well, but here is a great place for him to continue with his development.

“I’d like to keep him as long as possible,” added Humes.

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