BEN Stevenson says he is ready to hold talks with Colchester United about his future.

The U's playmaker is one of a host of players who are due to see their contracts expire at the JobServe Community Stadium, this summer.

Stevenson has made nearly 100 league and cup appearances for Colchester, having initially joined them on loan in January, 2018.

The 24-year-old, who was in impressive form in the U's 1-0 win over Salford last weekend, says he is ready for discussions with the club now that their League Two status has been safely secured with one game remaining.

Stevenson said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time here so far.

“I’ve played a lot of games and I’ve got opportunities here.

“I’ve played against big teams and I’ve really enjoyed it so now we’ll see what happens.

“The club will start talking to players; there’s a lot of us out of contract so there’s a lot of us who are a bit uncertain with the situation with football, at the minute – we’ll have to see what happens.

“I don’t think we’ve thought about what’s going on next year, as we all wanted to get the job done.

“I’m sure now that we’ve achieved the goal that we’ve tried to go for, we’ll start talking and see what happens."

Stevenson made his first start for Colchester since March 27 against Salford, playing his part in their important win.

It was his first start under interim boss Hayden Mullins with the former Coventry City youngster finding himself on the bench for the U's over recent weeks, as they have battled for League Two survival.

“I’ve had time out of the side and certain games suit me more than others," said Stevenson, who signed a two-and-a-half year contract with Colchester when he joined them from Wolves in January, 2019.

“The players who have been in the side have done really well and have helped get important results against teams and it’s worked, so I can’t complain.

“I’ve been working hard while I’ve not been playing and I got the opportunity (against Salford) to show what I can do."

Meanwhile, Stevenson has praised Josh Bohui after the former Manchester United youngster came off the bench to score Colchester's winner against Salford.

Bohui has found opportunities few and far between for the U's since joining them on a free transfer, last October.

Stevenson added: “Josh has obviously not had as much game time as he’d like but he’s not got down about it.

“He’s worked really hard and I’m really happy for him – all of the lads are."