FREDDIE Sears is ready to hit the goal trail with Colchester United.
The West Ham United youngster, from Brentwood, believes he has joined the U’s at just the right time.
Sears has signed for Colchester on a month’s loan and made his debut in their 3-2 defeat at Yeovil Town.
The 22-year-old striker, who has made 11 appearances for the Hammers this season, is keen to get as much match action under his belt over the next four weeks.
And with Colchester set to play seven more games in League One during his loan spell, Sears is hungry for game time at his new club.
Sears said: “You get fitter and stronger with every game that you play and I’m looking forward to playing more games.
“It’s definitely my aim to score goals and play well and try and get Colchester up the league.
“Colchester is perfect for me; they’re a good little club and it’s nice to play good football.
“I spoke to the manager (John Ward) before I came here and he said that they try and play football and that I’ll get games and that’s all you want to hear really.
“Games are coming thick and fast in the next few weeks and it’ll be a good spell once I get a couple of games under my belt to get going.
“I’m still at the stage where I don’t know everyone and a week’s training will help.”
Sears started for Colchester at Yeovil, having linked up with his new team-mates barely 24 hours earlier on their way down to Somerset.
“It was a bit awkward at the start but all of the lads were welcoming,” added Sears, who scored on his West Ham debut when he netted against Blackburn Rovers, in 2008.
“It’s the same wherever you go really and once you get on the pitch, it’s a lot easier.
“I felt I did alright and I got 85 minutes, which was good.
“I didn’t know it was happening until Friday morning when I got a call to say I was going to Colchester, which I was looking forward to.
“I only trained on Friday briefly, which wasn’t ideal coming into a new team.
“But that’s football and you play with new people and I enjoyed it and I just want to play games.
“Some of the stuff we played in the first half against Yeovil was different class.
“I played in the space and was able to run at defenders and that’s what you want to be doing.
“We started well and we played well but we let three sloppy goals in.”