New contracts for Jevani Brown and Ben Worman gives Cambridge United a boost
Head coach Joe Dunne delighted to get duo on new deals
Jevani Brown and Ben Worman signing new deals at Cambridge United is a big boost, according to Joe Dunne.
Midfielder Brown, 23, signed a one-year extension to his current deal on Monday, and it was announced that 17-year-old forward Worman has signed his first professional contract, for three years, on Wednesday.
It is a sign of the commitment from the U’s to keep their budding talent, and help put the individuals on the route to future success.
“I think it’s good to get Jevani on a slightly longer-term contract, with a year extension,” said head coach Dunne.
“It still allows us that opportunity to work with him every day on the training pitch and try to improve him. His goal is to play higher, we know that.
“My job is to try to get that out of him whilst also giving good performances on a Saturday. For Jevani, he can see the quality that is in the next level that he played against the other evening [against Southend], but in the next level not in their first team.
“It’s a good measuring stick to how hard you’ve got to work. But it’s great personally for me and the staff with someone who wants to learn.”
Worman made his debut for the first team last season as a 16-year-old, and he has trained with them during the summer.
“Young Ben is a player who I know has been here a long time and has the club at heart,” said Dunne.
“Ben’s got a real aggression and determination to succeed. He’s a tough kid, he doesn’t need to be pampered. He doesn’t need everyone to tell him how great he is, he doesn’t need everyone to tell him how bad he is, he just gets on with his business and is a throwback to the old days when I was young and played.
“He is determined, he trains hard, he works hard and he has got quality which is good and that’s key. But one of the big things he has is a mentality to want to be better and he has a mentality of drive and ambition.
“The club have recognised that and put him in a position where the club have allowed him to be able to work with us.
“He is close to the squad, I have to say. With the minimum strikers we have, he is in and around.”
Dunne added: “Potential is nothing without opportunity and we try to give our young players opportunities when we can. But potential is nothing without the attitude to succeed, and he certainly has that, but as we know in this game, anything can happen.
“We wish him well and hopefully there is more to follow. Use it as an example, but he hasn’t done anything yet so we will try to nurture him the right way.”