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David Forde: Cambridge United swoop for goalkeeper

David Forde played more than 300 games for Millwall. Credit: EMPICS Sport

Cambridge United have signed former Republic of Ireland international goalkeeper David Forde on an initial one-year deal.

The former Millwall stopper replaces Will Norris who was recently sold to Championship club Wolves.

Forde, 37, kept 19 clean sheets for Portsmouth last season to help them lift the League Two title.

Once Will departed for Wolves, we decided that we would aim to bring in an experienced goalkeeper. There was one stand-out candidate.

David arrives with a glowing C.V. that very recently has a League Two winner's medal attached to it. He showed last season that not only is he a prime goalkeeper but a terrific leader too.

He brings not only stability to the position but numerous other credentials also, that will really benefit our club.

To have both him and Dimi (Mitov) as our goalkeepers this year is fantastic for our group of players.

– Shaun Derry, Cambridge United manager

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Simon Dobbin trial: Jury retires to consider verdict

Simon Dobbin from Mildenhall was assaulted following United's game with Southend Credit: ITV News Anglia

The jury in the trail of thirteen men accused of being involved in an attack on a Cambridge United football fan have, in the last hour, begun to consider their verdicts.

Simon Dobbin, from Mildenhall, was left unable to walk or talk after he was brutally attacked after a match at Southend's Roots Hall in March 2015.

He spent a year in hospital after being hit and stamped on repeatedly.

A total of 13 defendants standing trial at Basildon Crown Court charged in connection with the attack, deny conspiracy to commit violent disorder.

Ade Azeez: Cambridge United sign pacey forward

Ade Azeez in action for Partick Thistle. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have signed forward Ade Azeez from Scottish Premiership side Partick Thistle for an undisclosed fee.

The U's beat off competition from other League Two clubs to land the 23-year-old who has agreed a two-year deal at the Cambs Glass Stadium.

Azeez started his career at Charlton Athletic and has also played for AFC Wimbledon.

I'm quick, play off the shoulder and like to play in behind the defence to cause as many problems as I can. Hopefully I can get a lot of goals for this club.

I actually scored against Cambridge United the last time I played here, but I'm looking forward to plenty of occasions going forward where I can score at the right end this time!

I've had a few weeks training up in Scotland already, so I'm ready to go and will work hard to be in the right shape for the start of the new season.

– Ade Azeez, Cambridge United

Meanwhile, Northampton Town have signed former Aberdeen defender Ash Taylor on a three-year contract.

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Simon Dobbin trial: Defendant claims he 'saw nothing'

The defence has begun in the trial of 13 men accused of attacking a Suffolk father after a football match that left him needing round-the-clock care.

Simon Dobbin, from Mildenhall, suffered a life-changing brain injury when he was assaulted in March 2015 outside The Railway Pub in Southend.

After being treated in hospital for almost a year, Simon returned home in March 2016. His condition means he is unable to move or speak.

The prosecution said the only defendant who was giving evidence was maintaining he "saw nothing, heard nothing and did nothing."

Dimitar Mitov: Cambridge United move for goalkeeper

Dimitar Mitov was a free agent after leaving Charlton Athletic. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have continued their busy start to the summer with the signing of Bulgarian goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov.

The 20-year-old, who was recently released by League One side Charlton Athletic, has agreed a two-year deal at the Cambs Glass Stadium.

Mitov is the U's fifth signing of the close season already and will be expected to challenge Will Norris for the number one jersey.

We all feel Dimitar has the major characteristics to progress his career here at Cambridge United.

Physically and technically he has all the key ingredients to become a very good goalkeeper.

Working with Kevin Pilkington and Will Norris everyday will no doubt bring his game to a whole new level.

– Shaun Derry, Cambridge United Head Coach

Cambridge United pair ruled out for the season

Uche Ikpeazu will play no further part this season. Credit: PA Images

Cambridge United strikers Uche Ikpeazu and Adam McGurk have both been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Ikpeazu dislocated his shoulder in last weekend's defeat to Portsmouth and will undergo surgery on Thursday, while McGurk tore his hamstring in training earlier this week.

The news will come as a blow to the U's play-off hopes, with the club currently three points outside the top seven with just two games remaining.

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