Barry Corr eager for new campaign after extending Cambridge United stay
Fans' favourite gets new U's deal
Barry Corr has signed a new short-term deal at Cambridge United.
The 33-year-old striker returned for a second spell at the U’s after Christmas in the 2017/18 season, ending the campaign with four goals in five games, having featured 10 times in total.
Corr has now agreed a six-month contract at the Abbey Stadium, and having recently completed his UEFA A licence, he will also be developing his coaching with some of the U’s academy age groups.
“I really am delighted,” said Corr, who has 18 goals in 31 appearances for the U’s despite battling a series of injuries.
“At the end of last season I didn’t really want to play anywhere else, so I’m happy that it’s all sorted.
“I think the back end of last season had an impact in the decision, in that both myself and the club could see that I was still able to contribute.
“I am so grateful to Joe (Dunne) and the staff who managed me really well, enabling me train at a proper intensity and come on to have an impact in the games.
“Joe has made it very clear to every player in the squad what their role is, and when players have that structure it gives them a platform to perform.
“We’ve seen that with a number of players already and their creativity. It’s great for a striker when you have that talent behind you to create chances.
“It’s an exciting time, there is some great players in the team and I can’t wait to get going into next season.
“I’m really excited and grateful of the opportunity to coach at the club. Whilst I’ve completed my UEFA A licence which is a high qualification, I know I still have a lot to learn and this role gives me a fantastic platform to gain that experience.”
U’s head coach Joe Dunne is delighted to have Corr on board for the forthcoming campaign, with the striker adding to the recruitment of George Taft and Louis Jean.
“The end of season showed the kind of quality that he brings to the team, and the experience he brings so I’m pleased that we are able to secure him on a short-term deal between now and January,” said Dunne.
“We will see how things go but pleased to have him in the building. I think the attitude and commitment is a great example, I’ve spoken about that before to everybody.
“The good thing is we now know how to manage him. Matt (Walker) and Mikey (Burroughs), the sports science department and the medical department, now know how to handle him.
“We have a plan that we will continue to follow.
“We don’t get stressed too much about him training every day. It will probably be a unique pre-season for Barry.
“Having spoken to him myself, his main thing is to make sure he stays fit for games and when he is needed by the team. I’m just pleased to have another quality individual in the building.
“We’ve got a good relationship between him and the team, and between Barry, the club and the fans. For games ratio, it’s not great but there’s circumstances to that and his goals per game is good.”
He added: “It gives us another threat, which is important and it also gives us competition for the guys at the top which is also important, but we know we have a good individual which is good for us.”