BREN­NAN’S BEST BOOSTS THE U’S

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By Ben Baker

BREN­NAN Dick­en­son scored on his pro­fes­sional de­but back in 2012 but goals have never been a ma­jor part of his game.

That was un­til he rocked up at Colch­ester United last sum­mer af­ter be­ing re­leased by Gilling­ham, with the 24year-old notch­ing three times in his first three games for the re­cently-rel­e­gated U’s.

That proved a sign of things to come. Head­ing into the Easter week­end, Dick­en­son had net­ted on 11 oc­ca­sions, al­ready blow­ing his pre­vi­ous best sea­son’s tally of three well out of the wa­ter.

Red-hot

Not bad for some­one who has pre­dom­i­nantly fea­tured at left wing-back over re­cent months, where he has also chipped in with a fur­ther seven as­sists.

While his red-hot streak in front of goal has taken him by sur­prise, Dick­en­son is sim­ply rel­ish­ing the best form of his life.

“I think I can safely say that this is the best sea­son of my ca­reer so far,” said Dick­en­son, who, af­ter join­ing Brighton from Non-League Dorchester Town, was loaned out to Chester­field and scored on his EFL de­but in a 3-2 de­feat to Bris­tol Rovers in 2012.

“I have had some good sea­sons in the past and I have been pleased with how I have been do­ing but this sea­son every­thing has just been go­ing great.

“Com­ing into the sea­son I ex­pected to do OK with as­sists but I never thought I would get more goals than as­sists.

“I have sur­prised my­self but it is down to be­ing part of a team play­ing well, with con­fi­dence flow­ing.

“The gaffer John McGreal is also great for me. In him I have a manger who is 100 per cent be­hind me, trusts me and in­stils con­fi­dence in me.

“Hope­fully I have got a few more goals left in me be­tween now and the end of the sea­son.”

Dick­en­son isn’t the only one hop­ing that he can con­tinue to find the net on a reg­u­lar ba­sis be­tween now and the end of the sea­son, with Colch­ester well and truly in the play-off pic­ture.

Head­ing into their Good Fri­day clash with al­ready-pro­moted Don­caster, the U’s were just two points off a play-off spot as they look to bounce back im­me­di­ately to League One.

If things had gone slightly dif­fer­ently then Dick­en­son could have been ply­ing his trade in the Cham­pi­onship this year af­ter Colch­ester re­jected an ap­proach for his ser­vices from Ip­swich in Jan­uary.

Great

But the Southamp­ton youth academy prod­uct is only con­cen­trat­ing on get­ting Colch­ester back into the third tier of English foot­ball.

“It was a great per­for­mance last week­end against Steve­nage (a 4-0 win),” added Dick­en­son. “Over the two league games we have put eight past them and that shows that, on our day, we can match anyone as they are right up there. “We be­lieve that and we just need to keep work­ing hard over the last few games and try to keep pick­ing up points.

“Get­ting pro­moted au­to­mat­i­cally was the goal at the start of the sea­son but we are still in with a shout of the play-offs so we will keep work­ing hard.”

PIC­TURE: ProS­ports

HAND IT TO HIM: Bren­nan Dick­en­son cel­e­brates scor­ing against Steve­nage last week, inset

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