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Garbutt wants to impress home fans
10:16am Friday 20th September 2013 in Sport
LUKE Garbutt is looking forward to showing what he can do in front of Colchester United’s home fans.
The 189 travelling U’s supporters got to see what the U’s latest loanee is capable of at Bradford City on Saturday when he made his debut just hours after joining on a month’s deal from Premier League side Everton.
Garbutt has come in as cover for left-back Ryan Dickson while he recovers from an illness that has laid him low recently.
Despite only getting to meet his new team-mates the night before the game and then getting an early yellow card in the game at Valley Parade, the England Under-20 international made a solid start for his new side in their 2-2 draw.
“The loan deal came through quite late before Saturday’s game,” he said. “I only knew about it on Thursday, it went through on Friday and I then met up with the lads at the hotel the night before the game.
“The gaffer told me I would play, so it was a bit quick, but I felt I took it in my stride.
“As a footballer, you expect things to be thrown your way and you have to be able to deal with it.”
Garbutt made a particular impact at set-pieces with his swinging left-footed delivery already being exploited by U’s manager Joe Dunne.
And he is now looking forward to getting to know people better in a full week of training and showing what he can do in front of the U’s home support at the Weston Homes Community Stadium against Crawley on Saturday.
“At Everton I take most of the set plays and the gaffer (Dunne) told me to get on them straight away,” he added.
“But during the loan spell, I just want to get game-time on the pitch.
“It’s the next level up for me and I have to adjust.
“I played League Two last year (while on loan at Cheltenham), but this is another move up.
“The gaffer told me all about how the team play, wanting to get the ball down, pass it and get forward.
“The games coming up are good ones for me to play in as there are some big ones at home in front of the home fans and they are all against sides in and around the top ten.
“It will be a good test for me.
“We’ll take this month first of all and then sit down at the end and see how it’s gone.”
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