Pressure, what pressure says Ward
With the new season kicking-off this weekend Colchester could do with boosting their forward line, although as yet this has not happened.
John Ward has been looking for a new striker for a while now, without success. Although, as he told The Gazette, he is not feeling 'under any pressure' at the moment.
With Steven Gillespie hampered by a groin injury the need to bring in someone ahead of the Preston game has intensified and players were scouting at the weekend: 'my coaching staff have been out all week watching people and we had scouts out on Saturday doing that, too.
'But they're going to have to be pretty good, because what we've got is OK.
'We're looking at a number of players and I`ve got a long list of managers I've spoken to in the week.'
If the club cannot sign someone then Ward has no qualms about going with 'what he's got' because in Steven Gillespie, Kayode Odejayi, Ian Henderson and Ashley Vincent he believes that the strike quality is there so they will only be brought in if they are better than what is already at the club.
This time last year The U's were in a similar position and managed to bring in a striker on the eve of the season, not that he is promising to do the same this time round but the club will try: 'we signed David Mooney two days before we went to Exeter this time last year.
'I can't promise that they same thing will happen again this week but if it does, I'll take it on and we'll do it.'
One striker that has been linked with another return to the club is Kevin Lisbie, who remains a free agent after leaving Ipswich - a 'short-term' contract could prove a solution, although this is merely speculation...
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