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Jabo Up For The Fight

23 January 2013

Striker ready to help U's cause.

They will all be wanting to impress as the U’s fight to move away from the relegation zone in League One.

The incoming personnel during the first half of January are a mixture of loan deals and permanent deals but in the main, they have been young players hungry to improve their games in their time at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
Over the past few weeks, there has been an influx of players as boss Joe Dunne continues to reshape the U’s for the second half of the season.

You are never too old to improve though, and one of Dunne’s January captures probably won’t mind us not putting him in the ‘young’ bracket.

Jabo Ibehre returned to the U’s on Tuesday and is also acutely aware of the predicament he is coming into in north Essex.

He told us: “Football is always a learning experience, at whichever stage of your career you are at. There are still plenty of things I have to learn I’m sure but I’m also experienced enough to have learned a lot already.

"These things can be passed onto the younger lads in the squad, the new ones and the ones who were already here, and I hope to be able to do that.

“There is a great mix of youth and experience in the squad here at the club and that has always been the case at any successful club. I’m aiming to do the best I can as an individual player but if I can also help the other younger players along as well, that’s even better.”

On the position the U’s were in when he arrived in the middle of January, the powerful forward told the website: “It’s going to be a good challenge, both for me as an in individual and for us as a team.

"And I’m sure it will come down to more than just the team, we’ll need the whole squad to be pulling together to pull ourselves away from the relegation zone.

"I wouldn’t have come here if I didn’t think we could do well and we have enough quality in the squad to get out of trouble.”

Ibehre, who turned thirty at the end of January, spent almost three months on loan at the U’s prior to Christmas but had to cut short his spell due to injury. 

He continued:  "I had an awesome time here at Colchester last time and I’ve kept in touch with the players and the manager here, along with Tony Flynn who I knew from my early days at Leyton Orient.

“I left the U’s a bit early during my loan spell before Christmas, after picking up an injury in the game at Walsall. There was only one game left of the loan so I went back to MK Dons to get treatment and to work on my recovery.

"The next few months are massive for us and every game will be important for us. I’m confident in the ability in the squad though and I’m sure that if we play as well as I know we can, we’ll win more than we lose.”   

“Coming back was always on the agenda but I wanted to concentrate on getting over my injury and back to full fitness. I have had a great time at MK Dons over the past few years but I’m looking forward to a great new chapter in my career.

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