The summer transfer deadline seems a quiet affair these days.
Not since the Wayne Rooney sale to Manchester United, which seems a long time ago now in 2004, does there appear to have been any real excitement at the end of August.
Colchester United manager John Ward got into the spirit early, by declaring that would be no movement at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
He was true to his word, so the current squad will be the ones entrusted, until January at least, to improve on last season’s eighth place and maybe get us into the Championship.
Initial signs have been encouraging, and we are currently ninth in the league and remain unbeaten. It’s still very early of course but football has always been a game of ‘might have beens’, and we must hope that Carlisle’s stoppage time equaliser on Friday will have no bearing when the final tables are read next May.
In truth, Carlisle probably deserved their point from the game: even manager Ward had to concede that, but a win would have propelled the Us up the table and left us in an even healthier position going into September.
However, it’s all good so far, and with no new personnel for now, let us hope that the likes of Mooney, Bond and Henderson continue their good early form and drive the U's up that league.
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