NEWLY-CROWNED Player of the Year Frankie Kent has become a 'pivotal' player for Colchester United.

That's the view of U's boss John McGreal, after the classy defender scooped the top award at the club's End of Season Dinner, held at the JobServe Community Stadium.

Kent has been in impressive form throughout this season and scored for Colchester in their 2-0 win over MK Dons, last weekend.

The former U's youth-team player has skippered the side in the absence of injured duo Luke Prosser and Harry Pell and head coach McGreal says the centre-back has had a superb campaign.

McGreal said: “Frankie is only 23 years of age but he’s tried and trusted.

“He really cares and he’s one of our own – a big part of what we try and do at the football club.

“He’s pivotal and he’s been captain for me on numerous occasions, beforehand.

“He’s been able to have a good impact with the boys over the Easter period.

“Frank has had a fantastic season and it’s one who will move on to bigger and better things.

“But at this moment he’s got a little bit bigger fish to fry and he’s shown that with his performances, how he’s trying to influence the boys and have that big voice on the pitch."

Ryan Jackson, the only player to have featured in every league game for the U's so far this season, landed the Players' Player of the Year prize at the event.

And winger Courtney Senior scooped the Young Player of the Year award.

Goal of the Season was won by forward Frank Nouble for his superb strike in the 3-0 win over Newport County, last month.

Consistent right-back Jackson was named the Colchester United Supporters Association (CUSA) overall Player of the Season, while midfielder Tom Lapslie was named the CUSA Away Player of the Season.

U's Community Player of the Year was youngster Louis Dunne.

U's Football Sales Team member Ben Conway was the General Manager’s Performer of the Season, chosen by Tim Waddington while Samantha Bates was named Employee of the Season.

It is a big week for Colchester head coach John McGreal and his players, as they prepare for their pivotal final weekend of the regular League Two season.

The U's head to newly-crowned champions Lincoln City on Saturday looking for victory to give themselves any chance of landing a coveted play-off spot.

Colchester need to win and hope other results go their way if they are to make it into the play-offs.