David Amoo flies in to Cambridge United

PUBLISHED: 18:00 24 May 2017

Cambridge United head coach Shaun Derry

Cambridge United head coach Shaun Derry

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Winger arrives in Partick Thistle swoop

David Amoo has become Cambridge United’s first signing of the summer.

The 26-year-old pacey winger has joined on a one-year deal after his contract expired at Scottish Premiership side Partick Thistle.

Amoo is a product of Liverpool’s academy, making his debut for their first team in the Europa League.

He had loan spells with Hull City, MK Dons and Bury Town before making a permanent move to Preston North End.

Amoo made switches to Tranmere and then Carlisle before joining Partick in 2015, where he has made more than 60 appearances.

“When I heard about the interest from Cambridge United, I jumped at it with open arms,” said Amoo.

“It’s a challenge that I’m really excited about.

“I’ve played at League One and League Two level for a large part of my career, so I’m looking forward to moving back to England and showing my stuff here.

“I know how competitive this level is with with a lot of games to be played, so I want to chip in with as much as I can to help the team.

“They finished just outside the play-offs last season and it’s clear there is a strong group of talented players, who I am keen to get to work with.”

And U’s head coach Shaun Derry is pleased to seal the first signing 
of the summer.

“We are delighted to have secured the services of David and look forward to welcoming him into the group,” he said.

“We wanted to bring a different type of player into the squad and David certainly possesses those different qualities. I’m sure our fans will enjoy watching him when the new season arrives.”

It has been a busy week at United, as they have announced a new structure to their football operations and also their first pre-season friendly.

Derry’s title has changed from manager to head coach – focussing on selection, tactics, coaching and the management of the team – to fit more within the U’s current structure.

That is one where head of football operations Ben Strang oversees the sports science, medical and analysis departments, recruitment and the academy.

The restructure sees Joe Dunne become assistant head coach and Mick Halsall combine his role as first-team coach with being the senior professional phase lead coach, providing a link between the young and senior professional players.

“Whilst reviewing our long-term vision and how we implement our football strategy, Shaun suggested to me that his title changed to head coach to more aptly describe his role, which had evolved within the overall structure of our football operation during the course of last season,” said Cambridge United chief executive Jez George.

“To be clear, Shaun’s autonomy in the overall management of the first team remains unaltered.

“The position of head coach rather than manager simply reflects our football structure, which ensures the long-term development of our infrastructure, staff and philosophy is implemented by a head of football operations.

“Ben Strang has gradually assumed more of these responsibilities, whilst still leading our recruitment department, so it makes sense that his responsibilities are clearly defined going forward.

“Football management is no longer a one-man job, and in Shaun’s role now being more definitive, it gives him an even better opportunity to utilise his strengths and build on the progress that has been made during his 19 months in charge.

“He is at the start of what we believe can be a long and successful career in football management and, as with all our staff and players, we are committed to helping him to develop his future.”

And Derry is happy with his new title, acknowledging how the set-up at the U’s had changed since his arrival at the club.

“The structure that has evolved since my appointment in November 2015 makes these changes absolutely right for the way the club wants to move forward,” he said.

“It is right the club has a clearly defined vision and philosophy.

“It is also right for the club to employ staff that will transcend any manager or head coach. I am excited to be working with clarity and a clear plan for the forthcoming season and I know that with everyone’s backing, we can be successful.”

United have appointed a head of recruitment in Alex Fraser, who leaves a technical scouting role at Tottenham Hotspur.

“Alex is a fantastic appointment, who will bring some qualities that will enhance our recruitment process and help us to adopt a more analytical approach,” said George.

“He joins an outstanding staff within the first team, academy and each department of our football operation.”

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