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Ibehre happy to help young guns
10:22am Friday 20th September 2013 in Sport
COLCHESTER United striker Jabo Ibehre hopes to play his part in developing the club’s young guns.
As one of the U’s elder statesmen, he says he is often approached for tips and advice by the likes of Alex Gilbey and Drey Wright.
And the former MK Dons man says he will always do anything he can to further their progress.
“It’s nice when they come for a quiet word and a bit of advice,” said the 30-year-old, who scored his third goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Bradford. “I remember being in their shoes a few years ago so know what it’s like to be starting out.
“I’m always happy to help in any way I can and I know the other senior players feel the same.
“As a club, we’re very lucky to have some fantastic, up-and-coming youngsters.
“The manager hasn’t been afraid to play them at a tender age and it’s great watching them grow.
“They’re working so hard and being well coached, which is why they’re improving with every game.
“And they’re always willing to listen and learn, as are all the players here.”
Ibehre was delighted to hit the back of the net on Saturday, helping his side earn a share of the spoils at Valley Parade. It was his third goal of the season, after previous strikes against Peterborough, in the Capital One Cup, and Leyton Orient.
And the draw halted a run of three straight defeats, including the JP Trophy setback at Dagenham & Redbridge.
“It was a result we badly needed and pleasing to get back on track,” said former Southend United loanee Ibehre.
“We were a bit more assertive than in recent weeks and played with more energy.
“We’ve had a few injury problems but those players are working hard and slowly getting back to fitness.
“From a personal point, it’s been a fantastic first few weeks of the season.
“It’s a great club with a fantastic bunch of very positive and enthusiastic players and staff.
“Hopefully we can build on last week’s result by beating Crawley on Saturday.”
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