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Cambridge City proving a lure for new players

Cambridge City manager Robbie Nightingale.
Cambridge City manager Robbie Nightingale.

Lilywhites' reputation earns attention

Cambridge City’s growing reputation has made them an attractive proposition for players, according to Robbie Nightingale.

The manager has made three permanent signings this summer – left-back Jack Wilkinson, goalkeeper Liam Gooch and striker Lewis Whitehead– and is open-minded to further bolstering the squad.

And Nightingale admits that he has not been short of options given the way the Lilywhites have developed, on and off the pitch.

“With the type of football we played last year and the way we conducted ourselves as a club we’ve had a lot of interest from players that want to come and play for us,” he said.

“We’ve had a lot of good players from the level we’re at and higher showing an interest in coming over.

“This is where football can be a bit cut-throat, but if someone became available that we deem being better than what we’ve already got, then we have to deal with that as and when.

“It’s been really refreshing that we haven’t had to sell the name of the club very hard.”

City earned respect for the way the conducted themselves on and off the pitch, and that includes their sportsmanship.

“We treat winning and losing the same. You respect your opposition and there’s a right way of winning and a right way of losing,” said Nightingale.

“We picked up the fair play award and it doesn’t mean that we’re not kickers, we just play the game in the right way. It comes in the way we like to approach the game.

“We didn’t have a sending-off, and if we had two booked it was an incident. Referees have got a tough enough job and we stressed to our players that if the referee makes a decision, we might not agree with it but we get on with it.

“They are at the level we’re at for the same reason, so let’s not be too harsh on them.”

Jack Vasey was the latest in a long line of players to commit to City for next season, and Nightingale is delighted with the way things are taking shape.

“We’re happy with our squad, but if anything comes along that’s better than we will address that as and when,” he said. “We’re looking forward to starting at the beginning of July and can’t wait to get going.”

Nightingale added: “I’ve got no doubt that there will be one or two fresh faces added as we move through pre-season.”

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