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Kensdale Keen On Season Start

Youngster looking ahead to new campaign

10 July 2020

Ollie Kensdale can't wait for the 2020/21 season to begin after a personally frustrating 19/20.

In November 2018, Ollie became the first player to debut for Colchester United having been born in the new millenium, and went on to make another couple of appearances in the following few weeks.

This season saw Luke Prosser and Tom Eastman as the mainstays in the centre of the U's defence, and Kensdale was quick to praise the duo despite the frustrations of not being involved as much.

He told the official website: "The season before, I'd made my debut and wanted to push on, but Pross and Easty were phonomenal and you can't knock them."

"I went on loan to Bath and got some good experience, which will stand me in good stead for this year, and hopefully, I can go for a starting place."

He wasn't the only U's youngster to head out on loan to the National League South outfit, as midfielder Noah Chilvers joined him.

On his time in the West Country, he continued: "Noah coming to Bath with me definitely made it easier, it was something neither of us had experienced before - going away from home."

"They were a good team, wanted to play football like us and getting first team football was the main thing."

When football across the country was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ollie returned to his north Essex home before being included in the U's twenty three man squad that were brought back into training for the League Two Play-Offs last month. 

There was disappointment as the U's were defeated over the two legged Semi-Final by Exeter City, but the twenty year old wants to use the setback to push him and the U's on in the coming season.

"It was really good to be part of the squad in the two Play-Off games, something I'd never experienced before, and a lot of the other lads hadn't either.

"It was different, without the fans here. It would have been a lot better with them of course, but we have to take the disappointment, use it as a good experience and push on from it next season."

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