Reading goalkeeper signs for Cambridge United
Cambridge United have made their first foray into the summer transfer market with the signing of James Holden.
The 20-year-old goalkeeper has joined on a two-year deal from Reading to provide competition to Dimitar Mitov and Will Mannion in the U's goalkeeping ranks.
“It was quite an easy decision for me,” Holden said.
“I just want to push them [the other goalkeepers] as much as possible, get them to push me, develop as much as I can and see what opportunities come about.”
Holden started his career at Bury and was going into the second year of his scholarship when the League One club were expelled from the EFL so he made the move to Reading in September 2019 to conclude his scholarship season.
He has spent time out on loan from the Royals with Bognor Regis, Bracknell and Maidenhead to gain first team experience.
United head coach Mark Bonner said: “James' potential excites us and he joins hungry to continue fulfilling that in a first team environment, having already experienced some good loan spells in non-league.
“We look forward to seeing that progress as he works with Dimitar and Will under the tutelage of Martin Davies.”
Holden is the club's first new signing of the closed season.