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Lapslie Praise For U's Bosses

Tom reflects on U's stint

8 May 2020

Tom Lapslie wants to bring success to Colchester United, and add to the appearances he has made.

The twenty four year old made his debut over five years ago in South Wales, and says that he has learned a lot from the managers he has played under in U's colours.

He told the Colchester Gazette: "I’m fortunate to have been at Colchester for so long."

"I’ve always been grateful to Colchester United for everything that they’ve done for me and to allow me the opportunity to pursue my dream to be a professional footballer.

"People like the gaffer (John McGreal), Joe Dunne, Tony Humes and all of the managers I’ve had have helped me immensely – I’ve learnt a lot from all of them."

It was Humes that gave the young tenacious midfielder his U's debut, away in the FA Cup at Cardiff City.

And Lapslie remembers the day well.

"I still have vivid memories of the day I made my debut, at Cardiff, your debut is the most special thing that can happen to you, as a professional.

"I’ve been doing a few interactive quizzes with friends recently and one of the questions that came up was ‘who did Tom make his debut against?’ – only two of the ten knew!

"In fairness to them, they’ve been to all of my games and they were up at Old Trafford when we played against Manchester United.

"I can't believe I made my senior debut back at the start of 2015 - it’s gone so quickly since then.

"I know it’s a cliché but time really does fly. I still remember back to when I was a young player coming through.

I remember people saying to me back then ‘savour it because it goes so fast’ and now I know, it really does."

Whilst Tom hasn't been at Florence Park training with his U's temamates in recent weeks, the group have been in constant contact.

"It’s good to chat to the boys on the app," he continued, "I think there’s more interaction on there at the moment than there’s ever been.

"It’s good to keep in touch with them all and Noubs and Pelle have been leading the way.

"As footballers, we’ve suddenly gone from seeing each other every day to not really knowing when we’re going to see each other again.

"We have to keep that unity and harmony ready for when we’re going to see each other again."

It hasn't been just his training programmes that have kept the tough tackler busy and occupied during the lockdown, he's also had a 1,000 piece WW1 jigsaw to tackle.

"I’ve had it for years. I got it a few years ago to commemorate the anniversary of the start of World War One and the wrapping has still been on it until now.

"It’s taking a bit of time to do but it’s been good to put my mind to something."  

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