With the season well and truly over clubs up and down the land have been busy handing out contracts to some players and letting others go with nothing but a shortly worded statement on their clubs website. Of course, this contractual merry-go-round causes feverish discussion on message boards and social media sites up and down the country, and whilst there’s sometimes a grain of truth in the rumours, most of them are utter drivel (see the site proclaiming Coventry were about to bid £3,000,000 for an out-of-contract Paul Mullin)
We look at some ex-U’s who could (but probably won’t) return to the Abbey for a season of League One football next year.
Norris recently had his first taste of Premier League football at Burnley so won’t be going anywhere permanently, but after a disappointing spell on loan at Ipswich last year, could the Clarets be looking at getting some more game time into the young goalkeeper? A return to the Abbey could be just what is needed, Ipswich fans never really took to him, but he’d be assured of a warm welcome in CB5. Likelihood 4/10
Jack had a great loan spell with us under Colin Calderwood, one of the few bright sparks of a pretty dire season. He’s just been released by Spurs but has had a stuttering season, firstly on loan at Burton and then Stevenage where he was quickly injured. Undoubtably talented, Roles is still a bit of a rough diamond but could be a decent addition to the squad next year. Likelihood 7/10
A difficult one, Berry splits the opinions of U’s fans. He’s already left us twice, the second time under a bit of a cloud to join rivals Luton, but is clearly a class player who enjoyed a prolific second spell at the Abbey. Berry has been a regular for the Hatters and remains under contract next season, so chances of a permanent move are slim, but if he finds himself out of favour could a third spell at United on loan be on the cards? Likelihood 2/10
Pigott didn’t really impress during his season in Cambridge, failing to score a League goal in ten appearances, although a loan to National League Maidstone proved more fruitful for him. Many U’s fans were surprised when he moved to League One AFC Wimbledon, but he found his feet there, finishing last season with 20 League goals to his name. Pigott hasn’t signed a new contract at Plough Lane so is looking to move, does he have unfinished business at the Abbey? Likelihood 3/10
We couldn’t not mention him could we? Currently playing in India, we’re not sure if he’s even any good any more, but we’d still have him back in a heartbeat. Likelihood 10/10 (we hope)