Manager: John Ward
Position last season: 10th
Nickname: The U's
Ground: Weston Homes Community Stadium
Players in: Marcus Bean (Brentford, free), Freddie Sears (West Ham, free), Clinton Morrison (Sheffield Wednesday, free)
Players out: Kayode Odejayi (Rotherham, free), Steven Gillespie (Fleetwood, undisclosed), Ashley Vincent (Port Vale, free), Lloyd James (Leyton Orient, free), Ben Williams (Hibernian, free)
Key man: Anthony Wordsworth - A product of the Colchester youth system, the goalscoring midfielder will look to overshadow his tally of 13 in all competitions last season, a prize asset, the U's must do their all to keep hold of him.
Chances: Colchester have made useful additions to their squad as they attempt to build on last season's 10th-placed finish. The signings of Sears and Morrison have signalled the intentions of manager Ward who will be targeting a play-off place.