New signing Gary Deegan to bring combatative edge to Cambridge United midfield
U's seal fourth capture of the summer
Gary Deegan is hoping that his influence can rub off on Cambridge United.
The 29-year-old midfielder has moved to the Cambs Glass Stadium on a two-year deal, having recently left Shrewsbury Town by mutual consent.
Deegan began his career in Ireland, making more than 100 appearances during spells at Shelbourne, Longford Town, Galway United and Bohemians.
The combative midfielder made the step across the Irish Sea in 2010 to join Championship outfit Coventry City, making 43 appearances.
His next stop was Scottish Premier League side Hibernian for the 2012/13 campaign, and after spells with Northampton Town and Southend United, he made 40 appearances last season at Shrewbury.
“Having spoken to Shaun Derry and the staff at the club, I’m really happy with what Cambridge United has to offer and I’m delighted to be here,” said Deegan.
“Looking at the infrastructure that has been put in place and the way the club wants to move forward, it’s something that I wanted to get on board with.
“I have played a lot of League games both at a higher and lower level and feel that I can have a real influence here.
“I understand what League Two is about and how competitive it can be, but I think that there is a team here that can be right up there.
“I like to see myself as a leader and I want to have a big part to play here at Cambridge United.”
Head coach Shaun Derry is delighted to add the leadership qualities of Deegan to the squad, that has also been bolstered by the signings of David Amoo, Jabo Ibehre and Emmanuel Osadebe in the last week.
“Gary is an excellent signing for our football club and is a real coup,” said Derry.
“We felt that we needed to recruit a leader of men this summer, both on and off the pitch, and Gary certainly possesses those capabilities.
“For Gary to make the commitment to us whilst having a number of other options on the table at League One, shows his desire to truly achieve here.”
Deegan is the second arrival in central midfield, after Osadebe, and United’s head of football operations Ben Strang said: “With the decisions made at the end of the season, we believe that we have now made two key signings in the centre of midfield to compliment the other players in this area of the pitch.
“Gary brings invaluable experience to the spine of the team and is a winner.
“We’re confident that the fans will respond well to his style of play and competitive edge.
“He has an intensity to his game that will be important for the team and is a big character to come into the dressing room.”