Colchester United manager Joe Dunne hopes his players can show their mental strength to secure League One status and avoid relegation.
Colchester United and Leyton Orient players are backing a local anti-knife campaign today.
But manager says players' are ready for League One survival battle
Colchester United have signed promising Everton defender Luke Garbutt in a one-month loan deal.
The England under-20s international arrives in Essex as cover for left-back Ryan Dickson who has been sidelined with a virus in recent weeks.
He goes straight into the U's squad for Saturday's clash with Bradford City.
20-year-old Garbutt enjoyed a successful temporary spell with Cheltenham Town two seasons ago and signed a new contract with Everton this summer.
Toffees under-21's manager Alan Stubbs told the club's official website that the loan spell should prove to be beneficial for all parties:
“It’s a chance for Luke to go out and play some competitive games which will help his experience.
“His loan is for 28 days which means he has the opportunity to play five matches. Colchester play Bradford, Crawley, Bristol City, Wolves and Walsall in that time, four of which are in the top half of the table so it will be good for his development.”
Long-serving U's star Kem Izzet is to leave the club it was announced today.
Izzet spent 12-years at Colchester United making 436 appearances and scoring 18 goals.
Izzet reached a compromise with the club allowing him to seek a new club outside of the transfer window, which is due to close later today.
More on this story on the club website.
Tosin Olufemi has signed a new contract with Colchester United, which will keep him at the League One club until 2016.
The 19-year-old made his first start for the U's in last weekend's draw with Carlisle United, following an impressive pre-season.
The youngster will now be hoping for an extended run in the team after tying down his future.
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Colchester United have announced the signing of former Southampton defender Ryan Dickson.
The 26-year-old has been on trial with the U's since his release from the Premiership side.
Left back Dickson played over 80 games at Brentford before making the switch to the South coast.
The new U's recruit told Colchester's official website that the opportunity to play regular football was too good to turn down.
"It's good to be settled now and I've been happy since I first turned up here. There's a good squad here, the right philosophy in the way to play and a great work rate from all of the lads.
"Last year was a frustrating one for me, so I am ready to get back to my top form and help Colchester push on, because I think we've got a good chance with some real talented players here."
United have also confirmed that winger Drey Wright has put pen to paper on a new contract that will see him stay with the club until 2016.
Colchester United midfielder John-Joe O'Toole has left the club to join Bristol Rovers on a permanent basis.
The 24-year-old spent time on loan at the Memorial Stadium last season, and has now committed his future to Rovers by signing a three-year contract.
The League Two outfit have paid an undisclosed fee for O'Toole's services, and the midfielder will once again link up with former U's boss John Ward in the West Country.
Ward's successor at Colchester United, Joe Dunne, told the club's official website that the move suited all parties.
"I think John-Joe has made the right choice of club for this move. His opportunities here would have been limited with the competition for places in the centre of midfield. On behalf of everyone at the club, I would like to wish him well and thank him for his time at the club."
Former Arsenal winger Sanchez Watt has agreed a two year contract with Colchester United.
The 22-year-old is already familiar with the club having spent time on loan with the U's last season.
He follows Craig Eastmond and Mason Spence as new arrivals at the Weston Homes Community Stadium so far this summer.
Colchester United goalkeeper Mark Cousins has signed a new contract to stay at the club.
The 26-year-old was offered a new deal by manager Joe Dunne towards the back end of last season and has now decided to commit his future to the U's.
Cousins will be hoping to establish himself as the U's no.1 next season.
He lost his place to on loan Chelsea 'keeper, Sam Walker, during the last campaign.
Colchester United assistant manager Mark Kinsella says U's control their own destiny.