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McGreal - 'Players Want To Play'

Head Coach in constant contact

23 April 2020

Colchester United's players are eager to get the season started again.

The U's sit in sixth place in the League Two table, and the squad is keen to continue the good work as soon as they can.

Head Coach John McGreal, speaking to the Colchester Gazette, said: "They just want to get back to playing football but everyone knows that it’s not the be all and end all."

“We want to improve on what we’ve done so far and we’ve got ourselves into a really healthy position. It’s going to be like a pre-season when we get back.

"I’ve been on the phone to Bally, (Steve Ball), a lot and also Perry Blanchette and the players, along with the goalkeeper coach Smudger, (Darren Smith), where we chew the fat.

"We talk about things like ideas for training and Perry brings us up to date on the players’ fitness programmes on a daily basis.

"I’ve also been having Zoom chats and conference calls with Robbie Cowling, Tony Humes, Jon De Souza and that’s been brilliant.

"We had a good chat with each of the players on an individual basis.

"We asked them first and foremost if both they and their families were safe – that was the big one - and then talked about their fitness programmes that they’ve been busy doing, since we’ve been away from the training ground."


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