ROBBIE Cowling says ‘there is not a single reason’ why he would not want Colchester United to get promoted, this season.

John McGreal’s side are in the thick of the League Two promotion race, with 12 games to go.

The U’s head into their game at Swindon Town this weekend on the back of a four-game unbeaten run and lie in sixth spot, seven points off the top three.

Colchester are hoping to return to League One after a three-year wait and chairman Cowling insists he would love it to happen, in this campaign.

Speaking at the club’s Fans Forum, he said: “It would be wonderful to go up to League One.

“It’s what we all want to do, to get promoted.

“We obviously have to achieve that within our means – if we got ourselves promoted, and made ourselves bankrupt doing it then that would be the wrong thing to do because we may not be able to maintain it.

“But if we go up, we’ll have more money from the league, we’ll have the gates against the bigger clubs and in League One, I felt it was in some ways a better league in which to blood some of the youngsters.

“In League Two, there’s more of a demand on us being around that top area and an expectation.

“The way the game is played that makes it a little bit harder to even blood the youngsters which is important to us.

“There’s not a single reason that I wouldn’t want to get promoted, not one.

“I addressed it in the summer, where people seem to think that I don’t want the club to get promoted or that we can’t afford it.

“I’d love to get promoted – every time you get promoted, you get more crowds in and more revenue in and we’ll manage that correctly.

“We’re never going to go out and spend more than we can afford to.

“But we’d certainly love to get as far as we can do and there is a chance – that’s what keeps us all coming back, isn’t it?”