Paddy Madden arrives at Yeovil Town wanting to prove he can be force to be reckoned with in League One.
With Gozie Ugwu returning to Reading for treatment on a hamstring injury that could leave him sidelined for three to four weeks, the Glovers moved quickly to sign the Carlisle striker on a month’s loan.
Madden has endured a tough time with the Cumbrians since switching from Bohemians on transfer deadline day in January 2011, making 28 substitute appearances and just seven starts in a period dogged by two serious injuries.
The 22-year-old caught the eye of Scottish giants Rangers while rising to prominence in his homeland and is now determined to make an impact in English football.
He said: “I have been at Carlisle a year-and-a-half now and had two bad injuries that pushed me back a little bit, but I need that run of games to show people what I am about.
“The gaffer (Yeovil boss Gary Johnson) has been watching me for a while and it is nice to come somewhere were the gaffer knows what you’re all about and knows what you can add to the team.
“I class myself as a goalscorer, but I like to get in behind the defence and not give them a second on the ball. I also see myself as a danger man so, hopefully, I can show them what I am all about and produce the goods with Yeovil.
“I have enjoyed Carlisle, there are great people there and, hopefully, in the future I can get that run of games for them that I have wanted.
“I will have to prove myself here first and that I can play in League One and score goals.
“I will just take each game as it comes and, hopefully, show people what I can do, play well for the team and add some goals.”
Madden first caught Johnson’s eye during Carlisle’s 4-0 defeat at Brentford last season before scoring the middle of three United goals when they defeated Yeovil 3-2 just days later.
The Republic of Ireland under-21 international said: “I need to get that run of games and show people what I can do and, hopefully, I can get that confidence.
“The gaffer here has given me the chance to show what I can do and I jumped at the chance to come down.”
Madden admitted the move came about quickly on Wednesday, but revealed he still had time to talk to former Glover Andy Welsh who headed north in the summer of 2011.
“Andy had nothing but good things to say about the club, so that was a good thing and he told me a good few things about here,” said Madden.
“I scored against Yeovil last year up at Carlisle so, hopefully, I can now score for Yeovil.”
Glovers midfielder Ed Upson returns from a one-match suspension, but Lewis Young (ankle) joins Ugwu on the sidelines after being injured in the defeat by Portsmouth on Tuesday evening.
Colchester boss Joe Dunne is unlikely to make any changes following wins against Hartlepool and Swindon.
Goalkeeper Mark Cousins continues to play through the pain barrier having dislocated a finger last weekend.