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Sutton United defender makes switch to the U's

Louis Jean has become Cambridge United’s first summer signing.

The 24-year-old centre-back has arrived on a two-year deal from National League side Sutton United.

John, who can also play at right-back, started out at Sutton before joining Crawley Town.

He returned to Gander Green Lane on loan in January 2014, and made a permanent return the following season.

John, who faced United at the Abbey Stadium in the FA Cup last season, has also played for the England C team.

“I am very pleased to have got the deal over the line,” said John. “It’s a step up for me, but I’m really looking forward to adapting to the level and seeing what I can produce.

“The ethos of the football club was a big attraction. Meeting Joe Dunne (head coach) and speaking to him about the way he wants to play and what he expects from a centre back was very appealing. He’s clearly a coach who I feel can improve my game.

“Also when speaking to other people within football, nobody has had a bad word to say about Cambridge United so it stuck out as a really good option for me.

“I’m excited to get to know the place even more. I will be moving to Cambridge to live here and I’m looking forward to that, as well as day one of pre-season where I’ll meet the rest of the lads and start preparing right for next year.

“I don’t come here expecting to start every game, so I know there is a lot of hard work ahead where I will have to force my way into the team. But that’s a good thing and it’s always positive to have targets for yourself.

“Right now I’m aiming to come back fit and ready to go.”

Ben Strang, Cambridge United’s head of football, said: “Louis is a player we have monitored closely throughout the season.

“He joins us at an ideal age having accumulated decent experience and playing minutes but also with the potential to improve.

“We feel he is capable of making the transition to the Football League and have been impressed with his mentality when meeting him.

“He is athletic, enjoys defending and gives us versatility in our defensive options.”

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