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Prosser Staying Positive

Skipper open to behind closed doors finish

17 April 2020

Luke Prosser is waiting to hear news of a football return

The Colchester United captain, along with his teammates, has been safe at home during lockdown and is staying positive.

A mid-May date has been suggested for a return to training, with the remaining games of the 2019/20 season potentially taking place in June and July.

Whether supporters will be admitted to the matches remains to be seen, and the U's skipper admitted it would be strange to play with no fans.

He told the Colchester Gazette: "We thrive off the fans. If it had to be the case to play behind closed doors to get the season done then so be it, but people pay their money and they want to watch us play."

"If it meant getting the season finished and starting the new one on a certain date, then maybe that would be an option but as players, we feed off the crowd.

"It’s at times like this where you realise how important sport is to everyone, not just professional footballers. It’s massive but health is far more important."

The health of the nation has come sharply into focus in the past few weeks, and the NHS have been at the frontline of the efforts to defeat COVID-19.

The U's centre half was keen to praise them, and the U's for doing their bit.

"Everyone in the NHS and the care services, along with all the other people who are helping them carry out their jobs, are doing a fantastic job.

"I heard that the stadium is being used for NHS training, so it's great that the football club is trying to be a part of the solution."

When the season does recommence, a Play-Off place is up for grabs, with the U's currently sitting in sixth place in the League Two table.

Prosser continued: "There’s so much to play for and we’re going into our next game on the back of a really good 3-0 away win at Carlisle United."

"As footballers, we’re used to our routine and we’ve gone from going to the training ground every day to being sat at home not knowing.

"As time goes on, it will be even more different but health is more important than anything.

"We’re doing all we can and following the guidelines. We all have to stay positive and we will.”

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