Sanmi Odelusi insists he is concentrating solely on Colchester United’s play-off chase – and is not yet thinking about his future beyond this season.

The 24-year-old attacker, who scored his first U’s goal after coming off the bench in their 2-1 defeat at Notts County last weekend, has a deal at the Weston Homes Community Stadium until the end of the season.

Odelusi has struggled for game time at Colchester since joining them on a free transfer from League One outfit Wigan Athletic, in August.

But he has made seven league substitute appearances for John McGreal’s side as they chase a top-seven finish in League Two – and is determined to continue to play his part for the team in the second half of the season.

Odelusi told the Daily Gazette: “I’m here to play football, help the team get to where we want to be and enjoy my football.

“The goal is to play as many games as possible and I’m sure that will come.

“The contract situation is not even in my head.

“I’m here to enjoy my football and every day, I come in happy.

“I’m happy to be around the boys and be at Colchester and I’ll see where it takes me.”

Odelusi has made just two starts for Colchester, with both coming in the Checkatrade Trophy but he is philosophical about his lack of game time.

“It’s just one of those things,” said the former Bolton Wanderers youngster.

“That’s football and sometimes it happens for you and other times, it doesn’t.

“I just want to help the team in a way, whether I start, come off the bench or don’t come on.

“I’ll always give 100 per cent and do what I can do to help the team.

“The gaffer is an amazing guy, along with Bally (Steve Ball) and Reg (Rene Gilmartin) the goalkeeping coach.

“At the end of the day, we’re a team at Colchester and that’s great.

“The spirit in the dressing room is amazing and we’re going to crack on now to the next game and see if we can get back on track.”

Odelusi’s well-taken strike at Notts County was his first competitive goal since he scored while on loan for Blackpool in their win at Carlisle United, last February.

He added: “It was a tidy finish and I’ve been practising in training every day.

“You practise so that you can perform on a Saturday and on a Tuesday and thankfully it went in.

“None of the strikers go early from training – we’re always out there doing extras.

“Sometimes we miss lunch, because we’re doing so much extra stuff.”

Colchester do not have a game this weekend and are in the middle of a two-week fixture gap.

The U’s next League Two game is at home to Exeter City on Saturday week and Odelusi says they will be looking to bounce back from their painful defeat at Notts County.

He added: “We will put it right.

“We’re a bubbly bunch and we’ve gelled together as a team – we’re a good group of boys.

“The aim is to get as many points as possible and we’ll see where it takes us.

“It was a good performance and we were unfortunate not to come away with at least a point.

“I feel like the boys worked unbelievably hard in the first half and throughout the second half, we had chances.”