Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting ECS to 80360, or email »
U's midfielder David keen to choose the Wright path
David Wright has played a vital role in Colchester United’s encouraging start to the new League One season.
But the experienced midfielder is already planning for life when his playing days are finally over.
Wright began embarking on his A Licence earlier this summer at St George’s Park and currently coaches Ipswich Town’s under-15 side.
The 33-year-old can frequently be found locked in conversation with U’s boss Joe Dunne about all things football, both before and after games.
The former Crystal Palace and Wigan Athletic player says he is keen to gain as much knowledge as possible from his peers, prior to launching a full-time coaching career.
Wright said: “The prospect of being a coach really excites me.
“I hope I’ve got a couple more years of playing left in my legs yet but once the time does come, hopefully there’ll be a smooth transition within football.
“I benefit massively from the conversations I have with the manager and the coaching staff at Colchester.
“The manager and Mark Kinsella have vast experience within the game and in coaching.
“You have to listen to them and ask them questions and I want my knowledge to get better, because I’m only a baby at the moment in coaching terms.”
Wright has started all three of Colchester’s opening league games, which have yielded a healthy seven points out of a possible nine.
He plays a key midfield role protecting the U’s back four, in a system that allows the side’s attacking talent to flourish.
“We’re not going to get carried away but the start that we’ve made has been very positive,” said Wright, who has clocked up more than 500 league and cup appearances during his career.
“We had a really good pre-season and that’s put us in good shape, coming into the new season.
“It’s been the first opportunity the manager has had to really put his stamp onto the team.
“He’s made a few really exciting signings and he’s established the shape he wants his team to play.
“We’ve had a really pleasing start, apart from the Peterborough blip in the cup.
“It’s very exciting - we have some young, athletic, quick and skilful players.
“For someone like me, I’ve been doing that job for three years now and it’s really enjoyable.
“It’s about giving it to the lads who are quick and creative and building things up.
“Nine times out of ten it’ll be me sitting in that position but every now and again, I’ll get forward.
“And whoever the other midfielder is sitting there will be intelligent enough to be aware of that.”
Comments are closed on this article.