Seven players' futures in the balance at Cambridge United in Sky Bet League Two
Seven players’ futures at Cambridge United are in the balance after the club announced their retained/released list yesterday (Tuesday).
Following the conclusion of a disappointing 2018/19 Sky Bet League Two season, the U’s had 14 players out of contract.
They have confirmed that goalkeeper David Forde and midfielder Emmanuel Osadebe will not be offered new deals, while Jake Carroll has also been released. He has subsequently agreed to join Motherwell in the Scottish Premier League. Young pros Lee Watkins, Matt Foy and Sam Squire will also see their time at the Abbey Stadium come to an end.
A statement read: “The club would like to put on record our huge appreciation to both the players themselves and their parents for their incredible dedication to Cambridge United Football Club across the past 10 years and more.”
Charlie Johnson, Sam Goode, Craig Foxall and Josh Jeche will exit after the end of their two-year scholarships.
The status of a further seven players is more up in the air though.
Captain Gary Deegan, George Maris, Brad Halliday, David Amoo, Leon Davies, Tom Knowles and Finley Iron are all still involved in discussions with the club, having been offered new deals.
Jabo Ibehre triggered an extension to his deal earlier in the season meaning he is contracted to the U’s for the 2019/2020 campaign.
“Cambridge United will inform supporters on any further developments with regards to these players in due course,” added the statement.
Loanees Alex Jones, Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, Jake Doyle-Hayes and Hayden Coulson have all returned to their parent clubs.
But striker Sam Bennett recently joined fellow young pros Ben Worman and Joe Neal in agreeing a contract at the Abbey following the conclusion of his scholarship.
Meanwhile, there has been an off-the-field departure at the U’s.
Head of recruitment Alex Fraser has left the club to move to a recruitment position at Premier League Brighton & Hove Albion.
United completed their League Two campaign with a 1-1 draw at Macclesfield Town, with Paul Lewis scoring their goal.