Colchester boss John Ward says his team is gelling well together, with new faces like Clinton Morrison, Marcus Bean and Freddie Sears settling in well.
The U's boss is gearing up for one of the season's biggest challenges when they take on promotion favourites Sheffield United.
And the Essex side is hoping to get real benefits from its new training multi-million pound training facilities.
Essex fast bowler Reece in line for PCA's Young Player of the Year
Norwich City's latest arrival, Johann Elmander says he can't wait to get started in his second spell in the Premier League.
Man-of-the-match David Willey led Northamptonshire to 102-run victory over Surrey in the T20 final in Edgbaston, Birmingham.