On the season`s placing?
“Before the season started, we were tipped for a swift return to League One and even after 10 matches most people were still thinking we wouldn`t survive. It was only within the club that there was a real belief that we had enough quality to stay up and maintain out Championship status.
“We probably didn`t realise back then that we would achieve a top-ten finish but as the season progressed, we did start to think we could do better than a lot of people thought we would.
On being named Colchester United`s Official Player of The Year 2006/7?
“We`ve had a good season all round and they were a lot of contenders for the award.
Every one of the lads played their part to the max this season so to win the award is pleasing.
“I feel I gave played well but the overall team performances have made me more proud to win this season.”
On his partnership with Chris Iwelumo ?
“You tend to get different formations. One striker playing off another seems to be in vogue and who wide men with a lone striker is another front line that is popular. Even when mangers place two up, it is rarely the same two all season – there is usually a rotation between three or four players all season.
“We have proved that the traditional big man, little man combination still works, and to be honest, I work better with a partner up there with me. We have scored over forty goals between us, which is sum achievement.”
On the race for the Golden Boot?
“Michael Chopra and Diomansy Kamara [gave] me a great lift by getting suspended.
“The award is not just for me though, I couldn`t have done it on my own. The whole squad has contributed to me getting the chances to put away.
I`m sure no-one would have thought that Colchester United would have two players [Chris Iwleumo] in the top five scoring charts for the Championship.”
On his best goals of the season?
“The hat-trick against Southend and Southampton were memorable and it have special to score goals against Norwich City, one of my former clubs.
“The goals against Southend and the Saints stand out because, although coverage of the Championship is excellent, the live games [they were on Sky] reach people who might not ordinarily watch football. They were two special nights for me; five goals live on TV can`t be bad so I was delighted.”
On missing the play-offs?
“Fifteen minutes of football cost us the game at Stoke when we didn`t play well and they did. If those fifteen minutes cost us a play-off place, we should be proud as a club of our season.”
Other award winners
Hospital Radio Player of the Year – Kem Izzet
C.J. Firminger Family Stand Player of the Year – Jamie Cureton
Tamdown Player of the Year – Wayne Brown
Clubman of the Year – Paul Ost
Young Player of the Year – Dean Gerken
Players` Player of the Year – Wayne Brown
Official Player of the year – Jamie Cureton
King Curo Scoops Golden Boot
On the season`s placing?