Dan Holman says his disappointing loan spell at Wrexham has made him even more determined to be a success at Colchester United.

Holman has returned to the U’s having managed little more than 30 minutes of game time in total, during his month with the Conference Premier club.

The 24-year-old striker made the Dragons move with the intention of getting minutes under his belt, having started the season on the bench for the U’s.

But Holman, who joined Colchester on a two-year deal from Braintree Town in July, was starved of opportunities at Wrexham.

And he says that has made him even hungrier to do well in the Football League, with the U’s.

Holman said: “I went to Wrexham thinking I was going to play and get that match sharpness that I’ve missed but it wasn’t to be.

“It was disappointing not to play more when I was there but if anything, it drives you on.

“Going out on loan and going back down the divisions always gives you that bit between your teeth and makes you want to prove yourself even more.

“You don’t want to go back down there and you see the difference in coaching and playing, at a higher level.

“I want to play at as high a level as I can and have the chance to do so.

“Going to Wrexham has set me back a bit in terms of my match sharpness and it’ll take me a little while to get it back.

“But I’ll just keep working hard and whatever the gaffer at Colchester wants me to do, I’ll do it.

“It may be that I have to go out on loan somewhere else or play some under-21 games but that’s something I’ll discuss with the manager.

“I’m not sure what his thoughts are but I’ll keep working hard and doing whatever I can to get in the team.

“When you’ve played at a lower level and gradually made your way up from part-time to full-time football, it makes you even more determined to succeed.”

For more on this story and a full preview of the U's game with Chesterfield tonight, see Tuesday's Daily Gazette.