Goalkeeper aiming to make first team breakthrough.
Colchester United shot stopper Dillon Barnes is hoping that 2016/17 will be another year of progress after an impressive first campaign in U's colours.
Dillon was a key part of the U21s high-flying season in the Development League last season and, having been involved in the first team picture at the end of 2015/16, is confident he can make his senior breakthrough in the new season.
Having penned a three year contract, he told the club's official website: "An opportunity arose to come in on trial last season and it's worked out really well for me over the past year, so I am really happy to have a long term deal sorted out now.
"It's good to have that security of a three year contract to allow me to concentrate on my football and I really want to push on next season and continue to progress."
Dillon will contest the number one spot with the returning Sam Walker and fellow U21s keeper James Bransgrove next season.
James stepped in on the final day of the season to make his debut against Rochdale, a match where Dillon had been pencilled in to make a first start of his own.
Reflecting on that day, Dillon said: "If I didn't laugh about it, I think I'd cry, but I think that everything happens for a reason.
"I really wanted to play, but you have got to look forward not back and I know that I want to get into the first team this season.
"I am aiming as high as possible, because I'd love to make my debut and play a good amount of first team games when we get back.
"The goalkeepers are all good friends and push each other hard to develop, but there's only one spot available so I am sure that competition will be fierce.
"This is a great club for me to be at, so I'm looking forward to making a big impression next season."