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Adam May in action for Cambridge United against Ipswich Town. Picture: Simon Lankester (41877197)
Adam May in action for Cambridge United against Ipswich Town. Picture: Simon Lankester (41877197)

Adam May has been predicted to add a creative option to Cambridge United’s midfield options.

The 22-year-old former Portsmouth player has signed an initial one-year deal, with the option of a further year, after being released by the Fratton Park club this summer.

May was a Pompey youth product and made his debut for the first team aged 17. He has since gone on to have loan spells at Gosport Borough, Sutton United, Aldershot Town, Swindon Town and Borehamwood.

He has been on trial with the U’s, and featured as a second-half substitute in their friendly win over Ipswich Town last Saturday.

“Gary Waddock (the U’s assistant head coach) knows him well from giving his debut aged 17 at Portsmouth, and having him on loan at Aldershot,” said United head coach Mark Bonner.

“He is one that myself and Ben (Strang, the U's director of football) have tracked for quite a while in the videos and games that we’ve seen.

“We wanted to make sure we had someone who was a little bit more of a creative type, good on the ball, and I think he can nick a goal.

“The other thing that really sells him to me is that, like a lot of our boys, he is of an age where the last few years haven’t gone as well for him as maybe it was set out to do [when he was] a little bit younger.

“There is a real desire in him. He needed to find somewhere that gives him an opportunity, gives him what he needs, gives him a bit of love and attention, and builds him back up again.

“If we can be that centre that really builds and develops players that can go and play higher than our level, or take us to another level, then that is success for us. And he fits the bill perfectly.”

Pleased to have signed for the U's, May said: “I was always trusting in my ability and that I’d be able to find a club. I’m very happy that will be with Cambridge United.

“I know Gary Waddock really well and have worked under him before, so when I was asked to come in for a trial, I really jumped at the opportunity. Mark Bonner is a young manager and the way he has spoken about this season, made me really excited to be a part of that

“It’s felt like a long time away with the combination of the pandemic and finding a new club, so I'm really happy to get this over the line. The main aim for me is to try and get plenty of games under my belt. I’ve struggled with match minutes in the last couple of years and I want that to change here so that I can do what I can for the team.”

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