Buster Harradine ready to do battle for Cambridge City
Midfielder back to boost Lilywhites
Buster Harradine has unfinished business after returning to Cambridge City – and the first aim is helping them stay in the Evo-Stik League Southern, Premier Division.
The 31-year-old midfielder pulled on the Lilywhites shirt again last Saturday at Cinderford, having rejoined the club from Soham Town Rangers.
Harradine was one of a mass of players to depart City in the summer, joining St Ives, but admits that it was a difficult decision.
“I didn’t want to leave in the first place but circumstances dictated that for me really,” he said.
“If it was a couple of days earlier when the manager had left I would have stayed.
“Things weren’t good at City at the time so I had to leave but I’m glad to be back and hopefully we can start pushing up the table.
“I went to St Ives and enjoyed my time over there and then went to Soham with Robbie (Nightingale, City’s new manager) and Theo (first-team coach Dave Theobald) and they left two days after I signed for Soham, so it’s been a bit of a manic two weeks really.
“I knew Robbie and Theo quite well and just wanted to play for them really – I didn’t leave St Ives on bad terms.
“I’m a Cambridge boy and I didn’t want to leave before.
“I love the club and I’m just proud to play for them.
“My grandfather used to be a supporter when I was really young, so I’ve always followed them and Cambridge United.”
Nightingale has quickly stamped his authority on City, bringing in eight new players, including Lewis Freestone and Matty Stevens on loan from Peterborough United.
And that has supplemented the players already at the club, although there were many unfamiliar faces for Harradine.
“There are two players from last season’s squad that are still there and a lot of fans that had gone away for a while have come back,” he said.
“The fans are buying into what Robbie, Midge (assistant manager Neil Midgeley) and Theo are trying to do.
“We need all the help and support that we can get – if we put in 100 per cent then they can’t complain.
“We have a lot of good young players in there and they understand what it means to play for the badge, with three ex-captains in there in the management team.”
Harradine joined City ahead of their trip to Cinderford last weekend, with the deal going through on the Friday night.
City were 2-1 up when the match was abandoned because of a waterlogged pitch with just eight minutes remaining.
And Harradine was impressed by what he saw.
“You wouldn’t think they were a team down the bottom, everyone was upbeat and wanting to do well,” said Harradine.
“The rest of the squad are 22 or 23 so I felt very old on the bus on the way, but I felt young again on the pitch.”
He added: “It’s not about performances now or playing pretty, it’s about digging deep and getting results for the rest of the season.”
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