The U's latest signing Luke Norris believes that the upcoming pre-season trip to Wales can get the squad ready and firing for the new campaign.
Luke will be a one of a number of new faces joining the trip to the north west, which includes a friendly against Colwyn Bay on Friday 13th July.
And he believes that the trip will set the team up nicely for the challenges ahead.
He said: "You need that bonding time and to go away for a few days together will help us all to get to know everyone inside out.
"If we want to get out of this division this season, we have to be in it together and work hard in all of the games ahead.
"When you have those tough games on a cold and wet night, that's when titles and play-offs are earned and we need to be together for that.
"It's important that you do perform on those horrible games, and I hope I can help bring that into our mentality."
Luke recently passed 200 professional games and he is confident he is ready to step onto the next level, wearing the blue and white of Colchester United.
"I heard about the interest and it really excited me. I spoke to John and Steve and came away really happy, as this feels like the right move for me.
"It looks like an ambitious season with the facilities here and the squad they've assembled and that really drew me in.
"I'm 25 now and have played quite a few games and scored a few goals, so I am hoping that I can carry that on and help Colchester get out of this league."