FRANK Nouble feels he has made a home for himself at Colchester United – and says the club have been ‘brilliant’ for him.

The well-travelled forward has played more games for the U’s than any other club in his career and has been an ever-present for them in League Two so far, this season.

Nouble turned out for 12 different clubs prior to joining Colchester in the summer of 2018, having made his professional debut at West Ham United back in 2009.

And the 28-year-old, who is two games away from his 300th career appearance, says he is grateful to U’s head coach John McGreal for giving him the chance to start regularly.

Nouble said: “I think it’s about settling somewhere and making a home for yourself and I think I’ve done that here.

“I feel settled here.

“I signed a two-year deal and this is my second year now – I’m sure something will get sorted out.

“I’ve played every game and I’m thankful to the gaffer who’s looked after me, in terms of playing games.

“I feel like I’ve repaid it as well with my performances.”

Nouble is one of the more experienced players in the Colchester squad, with a decade of playing knowledge under his belt.

The former Ipswich Town, Wolves and Newport County attacker says he feels comfortable giving guidance to his younger team-mates.

“I feel like I’ve picked up a lot of things,” said Nouble, who has played in all four levels of English football.

“I feel now I’m a bit more of a leader and I don’t think I’d ever be that kind of character.

“I’ve learnt a lot, at all of the places I’ve been at but Colchester has been brilliant for me.”

Nouble says he is has been happy to help fellow South Londoner Kwame Poku, who is Colchester’s latest talented youngster to emerge into their first-team ranks.

The 18-year-old recently identified Nouble as being an important influence over recent weeks, following his senior breakthrough with the U’s.

Nouble added: “I want to win as well so if he’s playing with me, I need to talk to him.

“But I know he wants to do well and it’s good to see that energy come from him.

“I try to give him a few pointers; he sits next to me in the changing room before a game and I just tell him to relax really and to do what he does well.

“There’s not much more that I can say to the boy other than pay attention to small details, because it’s going to be very important to the squad.

“He scored a great goal for us (against Leyton Orient) and I’m very happy for him.”