COURTNEY Senior is one of League Two’s brightest young prospects, according to John McGreal.

And the Colchester United boss says they are fully believe in the attacker, despite his recent spell on the sidelines.

Senior has been a substitute for each of the U’s last three league games.

However, he came off the bench to score their final goal in last weekend’s 3-0 triumph over Cambridge United.

McGreal said: “Courtney’s had a little bit of an indifferent spell of late but we thoroughly believe in him.

“He’s one of the high prospects in this division, at 21 years of age.

“They’re going to go through peaks and troughs and it’s up to me and (assistant manager) Steve (Ball) to keep the confidence going.

“We know what he’s like going forward and we’re getting him working in and out of possession.

“Courtney showed terrific composure for his goal.

“As he’s gone through, I didn’t think he was going to miss because we see that kind of composure in training every day.

“He was close to starting after the way he played coming on at Tranmere, last weekend.

“We knew he was chomping at the bit and he got his rewards.”

Meanwhile, McGreal has praised Frank Nouble after the striker scored his first Colchester goal, last weekend.

The 26-year-old, who has been an ever-present in the league for the U’s so far, bagged their first goal in their victory over Cambridge.

“It’s not just the hustle and bustle he brings – he does bring lots of quality too,” added McGreal.

“He’s a utility player and I’ve spoken to him about playing in a different role as a narrow inside right and he just gets on with it.

“He’s a fantastic professional and he deserves all the accolades that he gets because I thought his performance was excellent.

“If he continues putting in the performances he has been, I’m not worried if he doesn’t score.

“I’ve spoken to him about needing those type of performances, because we know what division two football is like.

“When you know the ball is in their territory, it sticks with big Frank and stays in there and gives us time to get our bodies in and around it.

“That’s one of the reasons why we do look a goalscoring threat at the moment.

“He’s a quick boy too and we were delighted to sign him.

“There were a number of clubs after him in the summer but we got him in nice and early.

“Tony (Humes) and Robbie (Cowling) have done the work to get the players in that we need.”