Conor Powell prepared for life in League One with U's
Conor Powell has represented the Republic of Ireland at Under-21 level.
New Colchester United signing Conor Powell believes that he is more than ready for life in League One.
The Irish full-back, who left Bohemians when their season ended in October, finalised his move to John Ward's men on Monday - on an 18-month deal.
And the 23-year-old defender told BBC Essex: "I've wanted to play in England for the last few years. That's a big ambition of mine.
"It's going to be a step-up. But it's a challenge I'm looking forward to."
Powell admits that it was effervescent U's manager John Ward who sold the club to him.
"I spoke to the manager," he said. "And speaking to him gave me the reassurance that I would come here and have a chance. That's all I wanted.
"It's a great club and he more or less sold it to me there and then on the phone."
The former Republic of Ireland Under-21 player has not played in over two months, since 30 October, when Bohemians just missed out on the Irish league title. And he admits that it will take time to get match fit.
"Our pre-season would only be starting in the middle of January," he said, "so I've been trying to keep myself ticking over in the gym.
"But I'm coming back in the middle of the season over here, so trying to get back into the swing of things is going to be that little bit harder."
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