Midfielder ready to get started.
He said: "I'm very happy that we are at home first game of the season, against a good Blackpool side. It'll give us an early chance to show that we're ready to go for the new season.
And he is keen that, having seen off Preston in the last home game of 2014/15, the U's can make the Weston Homes Community Stadium a fortress.
Alex was a mainstay in the U's midfield last time out, helping guide the team to safety in a dramatic conclusion to the season.
With the 2015/16 fixtures now released, Colchester United midfielder Alex Gilbey is itching to get started with the new campaign. However, Alex sampled it at youth team level and said: "It's b
Such has been the change in the U's squad in that time that no player will have an experience of an Essex Derby.
The season will also see the U's reunited with Southend United for the first time in five years.
"If we can win that one, it's an early chance to set ourselves up for the season."
"Even in the youth team, it was a big game, so to be doing it properly, we'll all be buzzing.
"It's a must win game and will be a good attendance, and it was definitely one fixture we were all looking out for.
rilliant, the game couldn't have been placed at a better time.
"Now the fixtures are out, the new season is coming to life and in a couple of weeks we will be back up and running. I can't wait!"