Colchester United season-ticket holder Si Collinson's views on the U's

THE transfer window is now closed and failing any unattached players that we manage to bring in, our squad for the campaign is set.

I am sure I was not the only one who jumped with joy at the news of signing Callum Harriott.

The well-regarded player who impressed during his loan spell at the U's is bound to improve the squad and return as a firm fans favourite.

Harriott agreeing to sign for Colchester just shows that they, along with the management staff, are well thought of in the footballing circles.

It means they can attract players like Callum, who no doubt had a number of other clubs making offers for his service.

On the service front, Saturday's game saw the departure of Colchester United's Media and Marketing Manager Matt Hudson who many, including myself, have come to see as part of the club's furniture due to how long he has been here.

He had at times the thankless task of being the face of the club, enduring the wrath of fans when the team was not doing as well as we would like, or if they came out with a change that was not to liking.

To Matt's credit, he took it all and always remained a man of dignity.

He will be hard to replace as perhaps it will soon be apparent how much he actually did that was possibly taken for granted.

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to Matt for all that you have done and good luck in your next endeavour.

The highs of the League Cup draw with us getting Tottenham at home has also been the cause of some lows.

I am sure that you have all see the social media about it all and the rush for tickets that caused the system to struggle.

More frustratingly, it seems Spurs fans were buying tickets on general sale, not only meaning there will be away fans in the home end but also that true Col U fans missed out.

It has caused friction that I am fully onside with as home and away fans should sit in the correct end.

But let's face it, Spurs are the bigger side and their fanbase has a bigger reach.

People will try and find ways to see their team elsewhere, if they cannot afford the cost of Primer League games.

It is not right but a part of football.

I urge U’s fans who have unwanted tickets to get them into the hands of Colchester supporters who have missed out without profiteering (the club urges any unwanted tickets to be returned).

Colchester travel to play Forest Green Rovers this weekend and it will see a stern test for the lads on the road.

But I am positive they will look at this weekend's 0-0 draw against Walsall, see where it did not quite go to plan and really step it up down in Gloucestershire on Saturday.