Sanmi Odelusi admits it was “pretty weird” to play against his former Colchester United team-mates after helping his new club Cheltenham Town to a resounding win at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Odelusi, who made 11 appearances for the U’s but failed to start for John McGreal’s side during his four-month spell there, left them at the end of last month after they decided against offering him a new contract and last week signed for Cheltenham, who ran out 4-1 winners in the League Two clash.

The 24-year-old came off the bench as a half-time substitute to score an equaliser on his debut for Cheltenham, who went on to claim all three points against ten-man Colchester.

He said: “It was pretty weird, to be fair, because I literally only just left a week and a half ago. So to come back here and see the same faces I used to come in every day and have joke with, it was slightly surreal. But that is part and parcel of football.

“For me, regardless of which team it is, I still believe I can perform and still try and get a goal.

“So regardless of the team I was up against, it doesn’t really matter to me as long as we win.

“It was a fantastic result. The gaffer said just before I came on, ‘go out there and enjoy yourself and try and get something positive from it’.

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“I think all the boys really enjoyed it and it was a massive performance just when we needed it. I’m just delighted to be at the club.”

Odelusi, whose only goal for Colchester came in their 2-1 defeat at Notts County last November, says he is now hoping to make an impact at Cheltenham after making an impressive start to life at Whaddon Road.

“I’m pleased but it is the hard work,” said the former Wigan Athletic youngster.

“I like to thank God because I’m a strong believer in Christ.

“I had a rollercoaster of a career so far, so hopefully I can find a home.

“Hopefully Cheltenham Town can be my home. Hopefully I achieve here by putting in good, quality performances for the team.

“I think everywhere I go I always put in 100 per cent. That’s one thing you will get from me, I always work hard.

“If that’s the case then I think that performance there was good enough for me to earn myself a contract but the hard work doesn’t stop here.

“I’ve still got to work more to up my game, a lot more to give to the team. For myself personally I want to do more and achieve more.”