CAMBRIDGE UNITED SIGN STRIKER UCHE IKPEAZU
Cambridge United have today completed the permanent signing of striker Uche Ikpeazu on a short-term deal.
The 21-year old switches to the Cambs Glass Stadium after three years with Watford and standing at 6 foot 3 inches tall, he offers additional bulk to Manager Shaun Derry’s forward options.
Ikpeazu developed through the youth ranks at Reading and excelled as an under 18 becoming the country’s leading goalscorer at Academy level in 2012-13 with 28 goals in as many games, before signing his first professional contract at Vicarage Road with the Hornets in July 2013.
Since then Uche has built his experience in the English Football League with loan spells at four League One clubs, Crewe Alexandra, Doncaster Rovers, Port Vale and Blackpool, amassing over 70 appearances.
Pleased to now be arriving at Cambridge United, the striker said: “It’s great to join the club and I’m really looking forward to playing.
“After having loans at a number of northern clubs, it’s good to be at Cambridge United which is closer to home and the Manager Shaun Derry was a big attraction to come here too, and I look forward to working with him.
“I’ve been able to add a lot of experience with the loan spells and have played plenty of minutes in the English Football League, which I’ve learnt from. I think they will put me in good stead for the season ahead.
“I have a number of targets set out, but my main aim is to work hard and help this team in whatever way I can.”
Meanwhile, Manager Shaun Derry added: “Uche offers something very different to the forward options we have available within the first team squad which we haven’t had previously. He brings sheer physicality and power.
“We welcome him to the Football Club and wish him the very best in his time here.”
Uche could be in line to make his first appearance for the U’s in this weekend’s League Two crunch match with Luton Town at the Cambs Glass Stadium. Tickets are available online and in-store now.