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Josh determined to stay in U's starting line-up
Josh Thompson says his recent spell on the sidelines has fuelled his desire to be an automatic choice in Colchester United’s starting line-up.
But the tall centre-back has welcomed the fierce competition for places currently evident within the U’s squad.
Thompson had become a regular for Colchester since joining them on a permanent deal from League One side Portsmouth, in January.
But the 22-year-old was replaced in Joe Dunne’s side by Tom Eastman following their 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Tranmere Rovers, last month.
He spent four games on the bench but Eastman’s ankle injury has led to Thompson starting the U’s last two games, helping them secure four valuable points on the road.
Thompson said: “It’s great to be starting games again but being out of the side is part of football.
“When you’re out of the team it makes you even more determined and it’s about what you can do when you’re back in the team.
“It’s up to me to prove to the manager I’m worthy of that starting place."
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