Brennan Dickenson believes he is in the form of his life after helping to boost Colchester United’s promotion hopes.

Dickenson struck the U’s opening goal in their 4-0 thrashing of fellow play-off hopefuls Stevenage and has now netted 11 times in League Two, this season.

The 24-year-old has been one of Colchester’s stand-out players in the current campaign, having joined them on a free transfer from Gillingham, last summer.

Having predominantly played as a left wing-back for the U’s over recent months, Dickenson says he is enjoying his football more than ever.

Dickenson said: “I’d say the spell I’m having at the moment is probably the best in my career.

“I’ve had a few good seasons but this is probably the best.

“I’m happy to have got 11 goals and I didn’t expect it myself.

“The manager has put the confidence in me to go out and play the way I need to play and I think I’ve done that quite well.

“I’m quite versatile in being able to play wing-back and some games I like it and others I don’t – it depends if we’re winning or not.

“But I can still get forward quite a lot, get the crosses in, get the assists and get the goals.”

Colchester completed an impressive double over Stevenage, having won 4-2 at Broadhall Way on New Year’s Eve.

It has drawn them to within two points of the play-off places with five games remaining and Dickenson says the U’s players are feeling confident they can achieve something special, this season.

“To put eight goals past Stevenage in the two games that we’ve played against them is excellent for us,” said the former Brighton and Hove Albion youngster.

“I still think we could have got more goals in the second half but we’ll take the win.

“The amount of pressure we put on them they showed they couldn’t really take that and that showed with the pressure we put on.

“The manager has instilled into us over the last week that we can still get into the play-offs.

“It’s a funny league and it’s up and down but the players believe and we’re a young, confident bunch and I think that showed against Stevenage.

“We’ll do what we have to do to get into the top seven.”