The Abbey Angle
PUBLISHED: 10:43 11 January 2007 | UPDATED: 14:57 12 May 2010
After a far from merry festive season in which Cambridge United failed to pick up any points from three games, manager Jimmy Quinn has made moves in the transfer market. Unsurprisingly, given United s lack of goals - 24 from 23 games this season, Quinn s
After a far from merry festive season in which Cambridge United failed to pick up any points from three games, manager Jimmy Quinn has made moves in the transfer market.
Unsurprisingly, given United's lack of goals - 24 from 23 games this season, Quinn's priority has been to find a goalscorer, and two strikers have already arrived at the Abbey in the January transfer window.
Dean Holdsworth, formerly of Wimbledon and Bolton Wanderers, now 38, has signed for a month on non-contract terms, in what Quinn has termed "a fantastic acquisition, although he's not going to run the channels he'll hold the ball up and win his headers and hopefully get us a couple of goals."
The other signing is Wayne Purser, a 26-year-old who has scored 32 goals in 108 starts playing for Peterborough and Leyton Orient, among others. U's fans will be hoping one, or maybe both, of these players can find the goals to propel United away from the Conference relegation zone, which they are hovering perilously above after their miserable recent run.
There has been one transfer in the other direction. Forward Liam Marum has rejected a new contract with the U's and chosen instead to join Woking.
The 19-year-old scored three times after joining United in the summer, but struggled to get a first-team place when Quinn took over from Rob Newman.
The first chance for U's fans to see their new-look strike-force in action, following the postponement of the Forest Green game last Saturday, will be at the Abbey against Stafford Rangers on Saturday, kick off 3pm.