Manager back and ready to go
Manager John Ward is pleased to have his side back in pre-season training after the summer break.
He said: “The plan is to work hard. We are a football club and we will use the ball every day.
“The players are in good shape and we can get on with the work straight away. There will be physical fitness work and football touches to get going.”
And the manager is looking forward to working with his new assistant Darrell Clarke.
He said: “Darrell has been a manager and had success with two play off wins. He wants to get in the league, and he will take over at the club on the days I am not here.
”He will work closely with me and Marcus Stewart to try and get the team improving all the time.
“Darrell stood out, he is a young guy with a lot of nous on the training side. He is a lively young man and he will keep people on their toes.
“I shall still be here every day, I want to be around the place, but at the same time I want to get to know the young boys at the club.
“With Darrell here I can now take a little bit more of an interest in what else goes on at the club.”
And John does not expect many changes between now and the start of the season, although he continues to pursue his interest in John-Joe O’Toole.
He said: “I don’t envisage many more changes between now and the start of the season and I am quite pleased with that. I am not chasing anything.
“We are trying to see if anything will happen with John-Joe O’Toole, but if he were to come in, that would be me finished.
“I am prepared to wait for John-Joe, but Colchester are in the driving seat. He knows, and his agent knows, that we are interested in signing him.
“We are trying to get that sorted, but there are a lot of obstacles in the way.
“That position is an important one for us, and it is key to get someone who can help the young guys.
“If I cannot get John-Joe I still need a senior midfield player to push this squad along.”
For the full interview, including John’s tribute to Roger Harding, visit Gas Player