It was the longest running transfer saga of last season. Starting with a rumour, then some teasing by the clubs PR man, then the slightly surreal sight of Wes Hoolahan appearing in Amber & Black in a couple of pre-season friendlies. Then… nothing. No more news from the club until a glum Colin Calderwood announced that Hoolahan had taken up a lucrative offer to play for Newcastle Jets in Australia. Disappointment rung out around the Abbey.
Well, be disappointed no more because news today that a certain Mr Wesley Hoolahan has signed for Cambridge United. That’s right, The Irish Messi, a man who just two years ago was playing regularly in the Championship and who in 2016 played for the Republic of Ireland in the European Championships in France is finally a Cambridge United player.
We’re not expecting to get 40 games out of him, but it sounds like Wessi will be an effective player for the U’s in the attacking midfield position vacated today by George Maris. On top of that, having an established professional in the team will be a huge inspiration to some of the younger players we expect the club will be bedding into the first team this coming season. Finally, it’s Wes bloody Hoolahan, finally!
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