COLCHESTER United striker Luke Norris believes he is part of a squad packed with quality and experience.

The frontman says he and his team-mates have to be on their game every week, in order to keep their places in boss John McGreal's plans.

And he believes that in addition to the club's management team, much of the credit must go to chairman Robbie Cowling.

Norris hopes the team can repay him for his investment this year.

“People can get too comfortable and think 'no matter how bad I am, I’m going to be playing the next game'," said the former Swindon Town striker.

“But the gaffer here has said there are people who are wanting to play, so if you’re off, you can expect to be changed.

“It’s not like we’ve just got loads of numbers – they are numbers with experience and very good players.

“We can make four or five changes and bring in some very good players who have played a lot of games.

“The squad depth is a credit to the chairman and what he’s invested this year.

“We’re hoping we can repay him in the long run."

The U's are just one place and one point outside the League Two play-offs, after last weekend's 3-2 victory at Mansfield Town.

They switch their attention to the FA Cup this weekend when former winners Coventry City visit for a first-round encounter at the JobServe Community Stadium.

Norris hopes to play a prominent role and feels opposing teams have reason to fear the U's, given their array of attacking talent.

“I’m a different sort of number nine to, say, Theo (Robinson) and Noubs (Frank Nouble)," he said.

"I feel we’ve got every area covered.

“We’ve got a lot of attacking quality and that’s really going to help us, especially when there’s so many games.

“It’s really hard to find in our league.

“Noubs is unplayable at times and that’s why he’s played 99 per cent of the games he could here.

“He’s great to have in the team because he can play centrally or do that job out wide.

“He’s very good at both and when you have a player who can do that, it really helps the team.

“When we’ve been questioned, we’ve always sort of come back and I think teams are worried about playing us."