COLCHESTER United wing-back Kane Vincent-Young believes playing alongside his defensive colleagues will only help him improve.

By his own admission, the 21-year-old is adapting to his role on the left-hand side in the U’s 3-5-2 formation.

However, he says it is an education playing alongside central defensive trio Tom Eastman, Ryan Inniss and Frankie Kent.

“It’s a perfect position (wing-back) for me,” said Vincent-Young.

“I know I still have defensive duties but getting forward is what I like to do.

“I’m still learning and adapting to the position, but I’m just grateful to be playing the games and gaining experience alongside the likes of Ryan, Tom and Frank.

“Ryan has been brilliant since he came in.

“He’s a man mountain who’s been unbelievable in the dressing room.

“But there are others like Tom and Frank. Both are real leaders.

“Frank has been unbelievable and so consistent “He deserves to have been captain and the armband suits him.

“He’s a funny guy and great fun in the dressing room.

“But when he’s out on the pitch and it’s work time he’s serious and he has that winning mentality.

“We have real strength in depth here and we see it every day in training.

“There’s very healthy competition for places.” Colchester were held to a goalless draw against Morecambe, at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Saturday.

Substitute Drey Wright went closest to winning it with a fine effort that rattled the woodwork late on.

U’s head coach John McGreal admitted it was an agonising moment in the game - and praised his striker for getting in the right positions to shoot.

McGreal said: “We keep asking Drey for numbers and he keeps coming back saying ‘well, I’ve hit the crossbar and the post and I’m getting crosses in the box’, so it’s just unfortunate.

“He has to keep putting himself in and around those areas to have those opportunities to score.”

Colchester return to the Weston Homes Community Stadium tonight for a home match against Lincoln City.

The Imps are managed by former Braintree Town boss Danny Cowley.