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Cambridge United snap up Sheffield United midfielder on permanent basis

Samir Carruthers has signed for Cambridge United. Picture: Cambridge United (15904264)
Samir Carruthers has signed for Cambridge United. Picture: Cambridge United (15904264)

Samir Carruthers has signed a one-year contract with Cambridge United.

The 26-year-old midfielder has been involved with the U’s throughout the summer, but was still contracted to Sheffield United.

However, Carruthers has departed the Blades and signed at the Abbey Stadium for this season.

"I have been here a little while now, and with everything done and dusted I can now look forward to the season ahead,” said Carruthers, who featured in the U’s pre-season matches against Ipswich Town, Rangers XI and Hearts.

"I went on tour with the boys and settled in really well, and the manager (Colin Calderwood) has been brilliant with me.

“I have history with this club and it's near to my family as well, plus I'd heard about the manager from Mark Bunn (goalkeeper coach) and the way that he wanted to play football this season which really suited me.

"Since coming in I have really taken to it and enjoyed being here, so it seemed the perfect fit to get my career back on track and play some football.

“I hope to help the team in different situations throughout this season and be able to use my experience from my career to date."

"I feel like I have a new energy and feel good about myself again after what has been a tough period in my career with injury and stuff. I can feel there are positive vibes here.

"The aim is to win as much as we can and I want to do what I can for the team and the Club. I'm really looking forward to it."

It is a return to the U’s for the former Republic of Ireland under-21 international.

He was at the U’s centre of excellence more than 14 years ago but, after a spell in the youth set-up with Arsenal, he made his senior debut for Aston Villa in 2012.

Carruthers joined MK Dons in 2014, winning promotion from League One a year later, repeating the feat with Sheffield United in 2017, who he joined in the January of that year.

He will wear the U’s No 21 shirt for the 2019/20 campaign.

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