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Colchester boss believes current squad is one of club's best.

Colchester United manager John Ward Photo: ITV Anglia

Colchester United are on course to complete their sixth best season in the club's history - assuming they finish 10th in League One.

The U's end their home programme against Tranmere on Saturday (April 28th) before finishing the season at Notts County on May 5th.

Apart from a two year spell in the Conference, and a heady two seasons in the Championship, the club has spent its time in the third and fourth tiers of English Football since turning professional.

Manager John Ward said 'If we finish tenth it'll be the sixth best season we've had. That's a good statistic to have from 75 years as a club. In the last two seasons we've finished eighth and tenth in League One. If we can do that again with this group of players and this group of staff, our supporters will have seen arguably one of the best squads that the club's ever had.

So far the U's have picked up 56 points, including a club record 20 draws which Ward admits have held back their progress.

Nevertheless, Ward is keen to continue with as much as the current squad as possible.

'We've made some offers because there are a number of players out of contract', Ward added. 'It's well known we're hard pressed for cash a little bit next year because of the league regulations and our crowds are not very high so we've not been able to put much back in from that. But the offers are there for those players.

'I would like that opportunity to take it a bit further. If we could keep the squad together and improve it a little bit to see if we can nudge it that little bit closer to the top six, that would be a real good challenge for me'.

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