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Cambridge United sign Kyle Knoyle from Sky Bet League Two rivals Swindon Town

Kyle Knoyle signs for Cambridge United. Picture: Cambridge United (11816884)
Kyle Knoyle signs for Cambridge United. Picture: Cambridge United (11816884)

Kyle Knoyle was drawn to sign for Cambridge United by the chance of working with head coach Colin Calderwood.

The 22-year-old right-back has become the U’s third signing of the summer, penning a two-year contract having joined from Swindon Town.

“I feel like that I've really started to establish myself as a footballer at this level during my time at Swindon, and I'm now ready to kick on again here at Cambridge United,” said Knoyle.

"Working under Colin (Calderwood) was a big pull for me so it's exciting, and it's a club that I feel I can achieve something with. I like to go forward and I see myself as a modern day full back.

"I'll go away now for a break but I'll keep myself fit with an off-season programme and I'm really looking forward to getting stuck into pre-season here and meeting up with the rest of the squad."

Knoyle began his career with West Ham, signing his first professional contract in 2015.

During that time he made his professional contract for the Hammers in the Europa League in August 2015, before going on to have loan spells at Scottish Premiership side Dundee United and Championship club Wigan Athletic.

Knoyle signed for Swindon in 2017 and went on to make 69 appearances for the Robins, earning their players’ player of the year award last season.

Calderwood said: "Kyle is another player who really stood out against us when he featured for Swindon Town last season.

"He certainly has good experience across a number of different levels, and has both the attributes and the personality that I feel will set into the team environment.

"Alongside Leon Davies he will contribute towards an energetic right hand side to our squad. Kyle has shown excellent development in the last 18 months, and we look forward to working with him to help to continue that."

Ben Strang, United’s head of football, added: "When we became aware of Kyle's potential availability, we were keen to secure his signature as quickly as possible.

"He joins at a stage where he has gained decent experience at our level, whilst having many years of development ahead of him.

“When we met Kyle it was clear that he is a driven individual; desperate to develop and play at the best level possible.

“We feel that the staff can improve Kyle's game further and look forward to working with him."

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