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Prosser Happy With Early Derbies

U's skipper reacts to U's fixture list

21 June 2017

Luke Prosser wants to get off to a good start in 2017/18, and hopes that local derby wins early on will help the cause.

The EFL fixtures were announced at 9am on Wednesday, see them in full HERE, and although the new campaign doesn't start until August 5th, the U's captain is eager to get off to a good start.

And he is especially looking forward to the early East Anglian derbies.

He told the official website: "I've been really looking forward to seeing who we've got when and it's going to be a difficult start for us again."

"We know from the game up there in February how hard it will be against Accrington on the first day and then what a game for the first one at home for us - Stevenage coming to the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

"I always look out for the most local games because that's when the atmosphere is extra special and both sets of supporters make loads of noise."

It isn't just Stevenage that will provide local opposition for the U's in the early weeks, with Luke eager to test himself and his teammates against teams that did well last season.

"As well as Stevenage, we're playing Cambridge and Luton in the first month, two teams that were up and around the Play-Offs with us last year.

"They'll be tough opposition no doubt but we have to be competitive against everyone if we are to improve on our position and wins against teams like this can only help."

And it wasn't just the league games Luke was excited about.

He said: "We also have an excellent game to look forward to in the Carabao Cup, with Aston Villa coming here."

"That is going to be a really tough test for us as well but we all aspire to play at the highest level possible and it will be great to see how we compare to players playing Championship football."

The commanding centre half was clearly looking forward to the season starting, but he wasn't forgetting the hard work the squad will have to do ahead of that opener at Accrington.

"I can't wait to be on the coach on the way up to Accrington, but we have got the small matter of pre-season training and the friendlies to get through first.

"It's massively important that we are all in top shape, especially me and the few others that have carried injuries into the summer break.

"We'll crack on with everything we need to do though, and I'm sure we'll all be ready and willing when the whistle goes on August 5th."

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