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Cambridge United have signed Robbie Cundy on loan from Bristol City. Picture: Cambridge United (40091988)
Cambridge United have signed Robbie Cundy on loan from Bristol City. Picture: Cambridge United (40091988)

Robbie Cundy has moved to Cambridge United on loan for the Sky Bet League Two 2020/21 season.

The 23-year-old centre-back has made the temporary switch from Bristol City to add competition to U's head coach Mark Bonner's defensive options.

“We’ve known all along that centre-back is an area of the team that we have needed to add competition ahead of the season, and we’re pleased to have waited for the right type to come forward with Robbie’s arrival," said Bonner.

“He has a real drive to establish himself at this level, as he looks for his first start in the Football League. I’ve had the chance to speak to a number of coaches that have worked with Robbie previously, and they have all spoken highly of his character.

“He has the attributes of a centre-back that I feel are important for this level in that he’s aggressive, dominant in the air and capable of handling the ball. To have somebody with a good ability to make first contact when defending your 18-yard box is key in League Two.

“There is a healthy competition for places now, with Robbie fighting alongside Greg Taylor and Harry Darling for the two centre-back positions this season. The challenge now is for him to take the opportunity, get super fit and compete to get in the team."

Cundy was part of Aston Villa's youth set-up before moving to Oxford United as a youngster.

Loan spells followed at Daventry Town, Chesham United, Gloucester City, Oxford City and Southport, and when he left the Kassam Stadium in 2017, he joined Gloucester City on a permanent basis.

Cundy moved to National League South rivals Bath City for the 2018/19 season and in making 43 appearances, with six goals, won all of the end-of-season awards at the club.

It earned a switch to Bristol City in the Championship on a two-year deal, and after a month on loan with Exeter City, he spent from September onwards on a temporary deal at Torquay United, making 25 appearances.

"It’s been a long while since I’ve been able to do anything football related, so I was really happy to get this deal over the line," said Cundy.

“The ambitions of the club sounded really promising when I spoke to the head coach earlier in the week, and I felt that was important. Having now also had the chance to see the training ground, the facilities themselves are good too, so I’m looking forward to getting started.

“First and foremost my role for the team is to defend, so I look to win my headers, make the tackles and be aggressive, but when the time is right I also enjoy the chance to play out from the back. The main thing for me coming to Cambridge United, is to get as many games as I can under my belt.

“It’s a motivation to come back to this League, and I want to build on what I did last season. I want to get back into training, get used to it all again, and kick on from there.”

Cundy will wear the U’s No 16 shirt for the 2020/21 season.

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