Colchester United’s new right-back Sean Clohessy is feeling optimistic about the season ahead following his summer move from Kilmarnock.

The 27-year-old moved back down to Essex, a place he is familiar with following three successful years at Southend, and has already seen enough positives going into the 2014/15 campaign.

“We have got a young team and there are some really exciting players here,” Clohessy told The72.co.uk. “As a team I think we can cause others problems this year.

“You always start off the season wanting to get promoted, but as a club we want to make sure we produce every week and reach our objectives. Anything above last season’s 16th place finish is a step in the right direction, and if that leads to more then so be it.”

According to Clohessy, there are a number of reasons Col U fans should be excited to get the season underway against Oldham this weekend, not least because of the progression of striker Freddie Sears.

The former West Ham United youngster scored 12 times for the Us in 2013/14, including five in the final five games as the club avoided another relegation scrap. Sears has also been in strong form during pre-season, and Clohessy has no doubt that Sears could be the difference this year.

“I think he is already one of the league’s stand-out players. He has already played at a higher level, in the Premier League and the Championship, and you can see the quality that he has.

“I think he will be the main player we will be looking to because of his quality and his experience. He’s going to get goals but he is also going to get a lot of assists because he is always trying to play killer balls. I think a lot of people will struggle to handle him this year.”

Clohessy admitted that he had several other offers on the table following his release from Kilmarnock, but once he spoke to manager Joe Dunne, Colchester was his first choice.

“I had a couple of options on the table, but the main objective was to come back down south. When Colchester came in, a team I had spoken to the season before but things didn’t really work out, I met the manager, visited the training ground and stadium, and saw the facilities at both of them.

“The way the manager spoke to me about the vision of the club, how he wants the team to play and my role within that team completely sold it to me. There wasn’t another club that I wanted to go to, and we worked out a deal quite quickly.”


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