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Former Luton Town captain joined Cambridge United over the summer after falling out of favour with Simon Grayson at Preston North End. The ex Republic of Ireland under 21 international, didn’t make it out of single figures at Deepdale last term and after loan spells at Stevenage and Crawley, he decided moving on was the overriding option. Cambridge was his destination where he has strong links with former Hatters boss Richard Money. The 28-year-old played under Money at Luton during the 2011/12 season, so the boss knows Keane’s strengths as a midfielder or defender.

One to Watch

Flying winger Ryan Donaldson was the main man for the U’s last campaign with 7 goals and impressive performances in both legs against Manchester United in the FA Cup third round sparked speculation that he may leave the Abbey this summer. Thus far the former Newcastle man has decided to stay, which is testament to the manager who has put so much faith in a player that was left severely disappointed after being released from his boyhood club just over three years ago. Despite Donaldson’s incompatible height for a winger, he has proved the doubters wrong by consistently overpowering his opposition full backs with his fancy footwork and general desire to win. More of this and he could be the difference between a mediocre and momentous season for his side.

Prediction

Omozusi bolsters the defence.
Omozusi bolsters the defence.

 

The departure of Kwesi Appiah made it hard for Richard Money to replace the Ghanaian’s goals. Daniel Carr was brought in from Huddersfield Town, while Barry Corr was recruited form promoted Southend United, who was judges surplus to requirements. The latter adds physical presence that they sometimes lacked last term, meanwhile pacey frontman Carr, will look to get in behind defences, but cannot be compared to someone of Appiah’s quality who will hope to push for a starting place in Alan Pardew’s line-up this time round. . Luke Berry returns to the Abbey after a disappointing season with Barnsley. Mark Roberts and Elliot Omozusi have joined from Fleetwood Town and Leyton orient respectively, and will add steel to Cambridge’s defence, who conceded a careless 66 times last term. These two additions are the sort of thing the U’s were missing last season and I sure to fire them up the table.

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