Holman backed to shine at U's

Essex County Standard: New recruit - Dan Holman has signed a two-year deal with Colchester United after leaving Braintree Town. Picture: WWW.CU-FC.COM New recruit - Dan Holman has signed a two-year deal with Colchester United after leaving Braintree Town. Picture: WWW.CU-FC.COM

New signing Dan Holman can make an immediate impact at Colchester United.

That’s the view of his former boss Alan Devonshire, who believes the striker can hit the ground running at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Holman has penned a two-year deal with the U’s, having chosen not to take up Braintree Town’s offer of re-engagement.

U’s boss Joe Dunne watched Holman play for Iron in the Conference Premier on several occasions.

And Braintree boss Devonshire has no doubt that Dan can be the man for Colchester in League One, in the forthcoming campaign.

Devonshire said: “Dan’s a confident boy and I know he’ll be looking to start the season well.

“If he’s banging in goals in pre-season, then it’ll be hard to leave him out of the team."

For more on this story and all of the latest Colchester United news, see Wednesday's Daily Gazette.

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3:02pm Wed 9 Jul 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

If he does hit the ground running at the WHCS t could just the wake up call that Freddie Sears needs.
If he does hit the ground running at the WHCS t could just the wake up call that Freddie Sears needs. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: -20

4:50pm Wed 9 Jul 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Apologies, the previous comment should have read:

"If he does hit the ground running at the WHCS it could be just the wake up call that Freddie Sears needs".
Apologies, the previous comment should have read: "If he does hit the ground running at the WHCS it could be just the wake up call that Freddie Sears needs". BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: -21

9:31pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Eddy D says...

I'm more excited by a signing like this more than I would be another Watt or Eastmond being released by a Premiership side. Before everyone reaches for the "thumbs down" button give me a chance to explain!
A guy like this has clearly plied his trade and impressed at a certain level and grafted for his chance. The Watts and Eastmonds of this world come with the glamorous tag of a Premier league side but have ultimately been released for reasons we can only guess at. This guy clearly has excelled and is now ready to move forward as opposed to backward. Hopefully that hunger will transfer into positive results for us.

This could be an interesting season for us. Those who have left are certainly not irreplaceable and the guys coming in seem hungry and ready for the fight. Added to this the likes of Bonne and Szmodics will be like new players, as will Drey Wright, and Watt and Eastmond will surely be much improved too. We could surprise a few yet. A comfortable mid table season would be welcomed although i see no reason why we can;t cause an upset or two.
I'm more excited by a signing like this more than I would be another Watt or Eastmond being released by a Premiership side. Before everyone reaches for the "thumbs down" button give me a chance to explain! A guy like this has clearly plied his trade and impressed at a certain level and grafted for his chance. The Watts and Eastmonds of this world come with the glamorous tag of a Premier league side but have ultimately been released for reasons we can only guess at. This guy clearly has excelled and is now ready to move forward as opposed to backward. Hopefully that hunger will transfer into positive results for us. This could be an interesting season for us. Those who have left are certainly not irreplaceable and the guys coming in seem hungry and ready for the fight. Added to this the likes of Bonne and Szmodics will be like new players, as will Drey Wright, and Watt and Eastmond will surely be much improved too. We could surprise a few yet. A comfortable mid table season would be welcomed although i see no reason why we can;t cause an upset or two. Eddy D
  • Score: 46

9:38am Thu 10 Jul 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

How is that comment negative guys? The more the competition the less likely we will end up a the wrong end of the table!. Get rid of these thumbs up/down - pathetic!
How is that comment negative guys? The more the competition the less likely we will end up a the wrong end of the table!. Get rid of these thumbs up/down - pathetic! BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: -24

9:42am Thu 10 Jul 14

totallyfootball says...

Eddy D wrote:
I'm more excited by a signing like this more than I would be another Watt or Eastmond being released by a Premiership side. Before everyone reaches for the "thumbs down" button give me a chance to explain!
A guy like this has clearly plied his trade and impressed at a certain level and grafted for his chance. The Watts and Eastmonds of this world come with the glamorous tag of a Premier league side but have ultimately been released for reasons we can only guess at. This guy clearly has excelled and is now ready to move forward as opposed to backward. Hopefully that hunger will transfer into positive results for us.

This could be an interesting season for us. Those who have left are certainly not irreplaceable and the guys coming in seem hungry and ready for the fight. Added to this the likes of Bonne and Szmodics will be like new players, as will Drey Wright, and Watt and Eastmond will surely be much improved too. We could surprise a few yet. A comfortable mid table season would be welcomed although i see no reason why we can;t cause an upset or two.
Eddy I have be saying this for ages, there is a lot of local talent (within 75 miles) that Dunne has ignored while he has been roaming the country looking at no marks and has-beens! This type of player will come with appetite and ambition, something sadly lacking for the past two seasons! Blue and White you are right about Sears, ,he looks over his shoulder and sees no competition so goes through the motions most games!
[quote][p][bold]Eddy D[/bold] wrote: I'm more excited by a signing like this more than I would be another Watt or Eastmond being released by a Premiership side. Before everyone reaches for the "thumbs down" button give me a chance to explain! A guy like this has clearly plied his trade and impressed at a certain level and grafted for his chance. The Watts and Eastmonds of this world come with the glamorous tag of a Premier league side but have ultimately been released for reasons we can only guess at. This guy clearly has excelled and is now ready to move forward as opposed to backward. Hopefully that hunger will transfer into positive results for us. This could be an interesting season for us. Those who have left are certainly not irreplaceable and the guys coming in seem hungry and ready for the fight. Added to this the likes of Bonne and Szmodics will be like new players, as will Drey Wright, and Watt and Eastmond will surely be much improved too. We could surprise a few yet. A comfortable mid table season would be welcomed although i see no reason why we can;t cause an upset or two.[/p][/quote]Eddy I have be saying this for ages, there is a lot of local talent (within 75 miles) that Dunne has ignored while he has been roaming the country looking at no marks and has-beens! This type of player will come with appetite and ambition, something sadly lacking for the past two seasons! Blue and White you are right about Sears, ,he looks over his shoulder and sees no competition so goes through the motions most games! totallyfootball
  • Score: -30

10:31am Thu 10 Jul 14

super waluigi says...

Looks to be a good signing.
I believe that Col U don't really need another striker. Sears and Ibehre should be more than adequate this season, with Bonne and Szmodics as back up. But it looks like he was too much of a good player for Dunne to not sign. Which is a good thing.
Anyone suggesting that we could do all of our summer shopping in the lower leagues, I would urge you to take a look at Andy Bond etc and note that they don't always work out. The player still has to have potential.
As Eddie D says, a young player from a lower league is a better acquisition than a older player dropping down the leagues. Assuming that the player has some ability in the first place.
Let's hope he is a 15 goal a season striker too.
Looks to be a good signing. I believe that Col U don't really need another striker. Sears and Ibehre should be more than adequate this season, with Bonne and Szmodics as back up. But it looks like he was too much of a good player for Dunne to not sign. Which is a good thing. Anyone suggesting that we could do all of our summer shopping in the lower leagues, I would urge you to take a look at Andy Bond etc and note that they don't always work out. The player still has to have potential. As Eddie D says, a young player from a lower league is a better acquisition than a older player dropping down the leagues. Assuming that the player has some ability in the first place. Let's hope he is a 15 goal a season striker too. super waluigi
  • Score: 32

11:54am Thu 10 Jul 14

PeteLandis says...

BlueandWhiteBaz wrote:
How is that comment negative guys? The more the competition the less likely we will end up a the wrong end of the table!. Get rid of these thumbs up/down - pathetic!
Coz people don't care what you say anymore!
[quote][p][bold]BlueandWhiteBaz[/bold] wrote: How is that comment negative guys? The more the competition the less likely we will end up a the wrong end of the table!. Get rid of these thumbs up/down - pathetic![/p][/quote]Coz people don't care what you say anymore! PeteLandis
  • Score: 25

10:51am Fri 11 Jul 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

I certainly don't care what you say. Ignorance is bliss!!
I certainly don't care what you say. Ignorance is bliss!! BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: -15

12:43pm Fri 11 Jul 14

We're not singing anymore!!! says...

At the risk of sounding negative, I am slightly concerned by this signing. A 24 year old who's been applying his trade in lower league football and hasn't been noticed or been given a chance before now. I'm hardly expecting him to come on and bang in goals.

I appreciate that sometimes it does happen, and I'm sure he'll have a point to prove but I'll reserve my judgement until I've seen him play a few games.

Hope that he proves me wrong but I won't be getting too excited just yet.
At the risk of sounding negative, I am slightly concerned by this signing. A 24 year old who's been applying his trade in lower league football and hasn't been noticed or been given a chance before now. I'm hardly expecting him to come on and bang in goals. I appreciate that sometimes it does happen, and I'm sure he'll have a point to prove but I'll reserve my judgement until I've seen him play a few games. Hope that he proves me wrong but I won't be getting too excited just yet. We're not singing anymore!!!
  • Score: -15

2:16pm Fri 11 Jul 14

super waluigi says...

We're not singing anymore!!! wrote:
At the risk of sounding negative, I am slightly concerned by this signing. A 24 year old who's been applying his trade in lower league football and hasn't been noticed or been given a chance before now. I'm hardly expecting him to come on and bang in goals.

I appreciate that sometimes it does happen, and I'm sure he'll have a point to prove but I'll reserve my judgement until I've seen him play a few games.

Hope that he proves me wrong but I won't be getting too excited just yet.
By that logic Vose was not very good either
[quote][p][bold]We're not singing anymore!!![/bold] wrote: At the risk of sounding negative, I am slightly concerned by this signing. A 24 year old who's been applying his trade in lower league football and hasn't been noticed or been given a chance before now. I'm hardly expecting him to come on and bang in goals. I appreciate that sometimes it does happen, and I'm sure he'll have a point to prove but I'll reserve my judgement until I've seen him play a few games. Hope that he proves me wrong but I won't be getting too excited just yet.[/p][/quote]By that logic Vose was not very good either super waluigi
  • Score: 11

2:40pm Fri 11 Jul 14

hungrystudent says...

We're not singing anymore!!! wrote:
At the risk of sounding negative, I am slightly concerned by this signing. A 24 year old who's been applying his trade in lower league football and hasn't been noticed or been given a chance before now. I'm hardly expecting him to come on and bang in goals.

I appreciate that sometimes it does happen, and I'm sure he'll have a point to prove but I'll reserve my judgement until I've seen him play a few games.

Hope that he proves me wrong but I won't be getting too excited just yet.
Stranger things can happen, as you said we will see how he gets on in the friendlies and competitive games although Dunne has being saying how impressive Holman has been (in relation to scoring) in training.

Look on the positive side:

Ian Wright and Kevin Philips both played non league until they were picked up at 22 and DJ Campbell made it into the football league at 24!!

Possibly the most fascinating is that Miroslav Klose was a brick-layer playing part time for FC Homburg in the german 5th division until he was 21... now he holds the record for most goals scored at the world cup.
[quote][p][bold]We're not singing anymore!!![/bold] wrote: At the risk of sounding negative, I am slightly concerned by this signing. A 24 year old who's been applying his trade in lower league football and hasn't been noticed or been given a chance before now. I'm hardly expecting him to come on and bang in goals. I appreciate that sometimes it does happen, and I'm sure he'll have a point to prove but I'll reserve my judgement until I've seen him play a few games. Hope that he proves me wrong but I won't be getting too excited just yet.[/p][/quote]Stranger things can happen, as you said we will see how he gets on in the friendlies and competitive games although Dunne has being saying how impressive Holman has been (in relation to scoring) in training. Look on the positive side: Ian Wright and Kevin Philips both played non league until they were picked up at 22 and DJ Campbell made it into the football league at 24!! Possibly the most fascinating is that Miroslav Klose was a brick-layer playing part time for FC Homburg in the german 5th division until he was 21... now he holds the record for most goals scored at the world cup. hungrystudent
  • Score: 20

11:27am Sat 12 Jul 14

Eddy D says...

hungrystudent wrote:
We're not singing anymore!!! wrote:
At the risk of sounding negative, I am slightly concerned by this signing. A 24 year old who's been applying his trade in lower league football and hasn't been noticed or been given a chance before now. I'm hardly expecting him to come on and bang in goals.

I appreciate that sometimes it does happen, and I'm sure he'll have a point to prove but I'll reserve my judgement until I've seen him play a few games.

Hope that he proves me wrong but I won't be getting too excited just yet.
Stranger things can happen, as you said we will see how he gets on in the friendlies and competitive games although Dunne has being saying how impressive Holman has been (in relation to scoring) in training.

Look on the positive side:

Ian Wright and Kevin Philips both played non league until they were picked up at 22 and DJ Campbell made it into the football league at 24!!

Possibly the most fascinating is that Miroslav Klose was a brick-layer playing part time for FC Homburg in the german 5th division until he was 21... now he holds the record for most goals scored at the world cup.
Woohoo Holman for Golden boot at 2018 world cup!
[quote][p][bold]hungrystudent[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]We're not singing anymore!!![/bold] wrote: At the risk of sounding negative, I am slightly concerned by this signing. A 24 year old who's been applying his trade in lower league football and hasn't been noticed or been given a chance before now. I'm hardly expecting him to come on and bang in goals. I appreciate that sometimes it does happen, and I'm sure he'll have a point to prove but I'll reserve my judgement until I've seen him play a few games. Hope that he proves me wrong but I won't be getting too excited just yet.[/p][/quote]Stranger things can happen, as you said we will see how he gets on in the friendlies and competitive games although Dunne has being saying how impressive Holman has been (in relation to scoring) in training. Look on the positive side: Ian Wright and Kevin Philips both played non league until they were picked up at 22 and DJ Campbell made it into the football league at 24!! Possibly the most fascinating is that Miroslav Klose was a brick-layer playing part time for FC Homburg in the german 5th division until he was 21... now he holds the record for most goals scored at the world cup.[/p][/quote]Woohoo Holman for Golden boot at 2018 world cup! Eddy D
  • Score: 16

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