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Steve Waiting Patiently

U's assistant trying to keep busy during lockdown

12 May 2020

Colchester United Assistant Head Coach Steve Ball is trying to keep busy whilst staying safe at home.

The U's haven't played since early March, nor trained at Florence Park since late March, but Ball has been plotting what can be done once football returns.

From his home in North Suffolk, the former U's midfielder has been in constant contact with various staff personnel and feels the side will be ready for whenever that return comes.

He told the official website on Tuesday afternoon: "It's been tough over the past couple of months, but we have to be patient whilst people all over the world are losing loved ones to the virus."

"John and I are on the phone to each other three or four times a day - one of us would have heard something about something and rang the other to talk it over, or to see if it would work for us.

"Training ideas, rumours about a return date, updates from other staff, it could be anything.

"We have regular Zoom meetings with the rest of the coaching staff, as well as speaking to Tony Humes, Tony Ashby and Jon De Souza.

"There has been a few stories and rumours about restart dates, and we'll be ready to go as soon as we get the go-ahead.

"We want to finish the season and make sure we're at least in the Play-Off positions so we have a chance of being in League One next season, whenever that may start."

Ball also admitted he is missing going to work, concluding: "I'm missing going in each day and being on the training pitches, and of course the intensity of a matchday with the three points at stake, and I'm looking forward to getting back into that routine."

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