Colchester boss praises AFC’s facilities

FULL OF PRAISE: Colchester manager Joe Dunne
FULL OF PRAISE: Colchester manager Joe Dunne

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne has indicated he would not hesitate to bring his side back to AFC Sudbury next pre-season after heaping praise on the club’s facilities.

The League One side were able to demonstrate their slick passing on an immaculate surface prepared by AFC groundsman Danny Crosbie — and it did not go unnoticed by the U’s boss.

“Even before our season was ended I knew we wanted to come here in pre-season,” he told the Free Press, following their 5-0 win on Friday evening.

“The facilities are wonderful, the people are great and the pitch is excellent.

“We knew they would have a team that is building for the future, having changed their manager.”

Dunne brought a strong squad featuring Colchester stalwart Kem Izzet, Republic of Ireland striker Clinton Morrison and former Ipswich Town players David Wright and Tom Eastman on the 16-mile journey.

“It is a great place to come and I think we came here a few seasons ago when we were still in the Championship,” added Dunne.

“It is a club on the up because the facilities are fantastic — the clubhouse, the changing rooms, the pitch.

“It was a game we wanted to arrange and I think it was the first one we arranged.”