It all gets underway against the Robins at the County Ground tomorrow night (Tuesday, July 16) before our first visit to Colchester’s new Weston Homes Community Stadium on Friday, July 19.
Both matches kick-off at 7pm.
“Those teams will give everything, they will work hard, they were all back earlier than us and they will be ready,” said Jermain.
“They will be fit and that will be a test for us. That will help us get fit ourselves.
“They will want to beat us and every game at this level you want to win, there are no friendlies, even in training.
“We’ll look forward to these games and try to win - we want that mentality going into the season.”
After the U’s friendly, we travel out to Hong Kong for the Barclays Asia Trophy, then face Monaco and then our home friendly against Espanyol.
First Team pre-season fixtures:
Tues, 16 July: Swindon Town (A) - 7pm
Fri, 19 July: Colchester (A) - 7pm
Weds 24 July: Barclays Asia Trophy v Sunderland - Kick-off 6pm (11am BST)
Sat 27 July: Barclays Asia Trophy Final/3rd v 4th play-off vs Manchester City or South China FC
Sat 3 Aug: AS Monaco (A) - Kick-off 6.30pm (5.30pm BST)
Sat 10 Aug: RCD Espanyol (H) - Kick-off 5.30pm