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Colin Calderwood rues injuries to released Cambridge United striker Barry Corr

Cambridge United striker Barry Corr. Picture: Keith Heppell
Cambridge United striker Barry Corr. Picture: Keith Heppell

Colin Calderwood has admitted regret that he was unable to get the chance to work with a fit and firing Barry Corr.

The 33-year-old Cambridge United striker has been released after the culmination of his six-month contract.

Corr had signed a short-term deal in the summer after making an impact at the end of the 2017/18 season, scoring four goals in five games.

This campaign started brightly for Corr as he got the winner in the opening home game at the Abbey Stadium against Notts County, but the injury problems returned and the striker has been out since early October with an ankle injury, so the club have made the decision not to offer him a new deal.

“I must admit it’s something that was really done and dusted before I was here, the process had been concluded really,” said United head coach Calderwood, who was appointed the week before Christmas.

“It’s unfortunate because he is a terrific guy and very popular in the dressing room, but as we all know, your body dictates what you can do in terms of a career and at the moment he is not able to.

“I would have liked someone of his ilk around and about because that always helps and when you look at his past pedigree it would have been very encouraging to have him.”

Corr’s injury and subsequent departure has heightened the U’s need for a striker, with Ade Azeez and Jabo Ibehre the only options at present.

With the January transfer window now open, it is no secret that the U’s are looking to make some new additions.

But Calderwood’s thoughts are not focussed solely on the top end of the pitch.

“I think we have to be certainly more creative, but we’ve really got to solidify what’s happening at the back – there are too many goals against and we are nowhere near keeping a clean sheet so we have to address that,” he said.

“The people out there so far, we need to continue working with them to make them better understand.

“Some of it is really just putting your head down and running, some of it will be a bit of football intelligence and guidance but you’ve got to be able to go through the first 15 minutes of an away game and still be in it [referencing the 6-0 defeat at MK Dons].”

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