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Former Norwich City and Republic of Ireland ace signs for Cambridge United

Wes Hoolahan has signed for Cambridge United. Picture: Cambridge United (39373850)
Wes Hoolahan has signed for Cambridge United. Picture: Cambridge United (39373850)

Wes Hoolahan has signed for Cambridge United.

The 38-year-old former Norwich City and Republic of Ireland playmaker has agreed a one-year deal for the 2020/21 season, having come so close to joining the U's last summer after training and featuring for them in pre-season.

“It’s a great move to a really good club and I’m delighted to sign for Cambridge United," said Hoolahan.

“I was obviously on trial here for four weeks last year and I enjoyed my time.

"I knew what the training ground was like, what the boys are all about and that all factored into my decision to sign.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity and hopefully I can reward the likes of Ben Strang and Mark Bonner, who have kept this option open for me, during the forthcoming season.

"I’ve met with Mark last week and he’s said some great things, he’s passionate about the game and going forward it’s clear he wants the club to succeed. I’ll enjoy working with him.

“I’m looking forward to the number of games you have to play in League Two, there’s a good amount of Saturday/Tuesday turnarounds, it will be a challenge but I really want to play as many games as I can.

"I want to play my role in pushing Cambridge United up the league.”

Having started his career in Ireland with Belvedere and Shelbourne and, after a brief spell in Scotland with Livingstone, Hoolahan’s first club in England was Blackpool.

He made more than 90 appearances for the Tangerines before making the switch to Norwich City, where he became a fans’ favourite.

During a 10-year spell at Carrow Road, Hoolahan played 352 times and scored 54 goals, having a key role in three promotions, two to the Premier League.

He was at West Bromwich Albion during the 2018/19 season, before spending last summer with the U’s, featuring in a number of friendlies, but made a move to the Australian A League with Newcastle Jets.

“We are delighted that Wes has joined us and the quality and experience he will bring us makes him a really strong addition to the team," said U's head coach Mark Bonner.

“He showed us last summer the benefit to our environment he will add by setting standards with his work ethic and professionalism.

“I know he will be another excellent character around the club and in the dressing room, but he is full of energy to play, to make us better and to contribute to a winning team.”

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