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Jabo Delighted To Be Back

Jabo Delighted To Be Back

Jabo Ibehre's future was up in the air for much of the summer, with the powerful front man's short term deal with the U's expiring after the end of last season.

However, following some anxious speculation amongst U's supporters, the 30-year-old striker put pen to paper on a two-year deal to bolster the U's front line going into the new campaign.

Having won a number of Player of the Year awards at the end of last season, the affable forward explained that it was an easy decision to extend his stay in north Essex, speaking to the official site as he joined up with the pre-season training camp in Ireland.

'I had a great time here and all the lads bonded well, so it was an easy decision,' he admitted. 'I'm delighted to be here but I took a bit of time to reflect after a tense season, but it is easy to come back.

'It's a fantastic place and I really enjoy being here. The big target is for the season to be much better than last year and we'll try hard, and hopefully we'll do well.'

The U's squad linked up again after a summer apart to spend the week together in Ireland as a bonding exercise whilst also keeping all of the training and sessions required under one roof at the complex in Dublin.

For Jabo, who hadn't been certain of returning to his team mates, it was a great opportunity to reunite himself with the rest of the U's squad as they settled back into the swing of hard work ahead of the new season.

Following a tough campaign on the pitch last time out, the U's will be determined to make life a lot easier for themselves this year, and Ibehre admitted that the fitness testing was a necessary, but undesirable, part of that process.

'It's hard work, but it's also a massive part ahead of the new season and you know it will help you in the future,' he said. 'But it's good to be here and training together, going through the same thing.

'You need that bonding and we're all enjoying it - it's nice to hear everyone's summer stories and it's great to be back in amongst the banter.

'We're all ready to crack on.'


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Writer:Colchester Dan
Date:Friday July 5 2013
Time: 1:43PM

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