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Williamson agrees permanent Cambridge United stay

Ben Williamson (left) in action for previous club Port Vale. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have signed Gillingham striker Ben Williamson on a permanent deal.

The 27-year-old has been on loan at the Abbey Stadium since November, scoring three goals.

He has now agreed a contract that will run until the summer of 2017.

"I’m obviously delighted to make the stay permanent and when I came here on loan I really enjoyed my time.

I managed to play a lot of games, score some goals and now I’m happy that that we’ve managed to get the deal over the line.

As soon as I arrived through the door everyone at the club gave me a huge welcome including the manager who has had a big impact.”

– Ben Williamson, Cambridge United

Cambridge United land Dunne while Keane heads out on loan

James Dunne (left) in action for Portsmouth against Cambridge United. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have signed Portsmouth midfielder James Dunne on a deal until the end of the season.

The 26-year-old will have the option to earn a longer contract in the summer.

“I’m really glad to be joining Cambridge and helping them to push up the League.

Having played over 200 games in League One and League Two combined, means that I can add experience to the team and I’ll be looking to help the club achieve what they want to achieve.

I’m a player that likes to get up and down the pitch, enjoys a tackle and try to get the team playing when I’m on the ball."

– James Dunne, Cambridge United
Keith Keane will spend the next month at Stevenage. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, Cambridge midfielder Keith Keane has joined Stevenage on a month's loan.

Cambridge United striker Gaffney in permanent Bristol Rovers move

Rory Gaffney has moved to Bristol Rovers. Credit: PA

Cambridge United striker Rory Gaffney has joined Bristol Rovers on a permanent deal.

The 26-year-old had an impressive loan spell with the Gas earlier this season, scoring five goals in seven matches.

“The intention of Rory moving to Bristol Rovers on loan was for him to return fitter, stronger and in a better frame of mind, solely focussed on the remainder of the season.

Sadly Rory came back wanting to move to Bristol Rovers and when a player makes that decision, we only want people here who want to play for this football club.

Everybody has to be 100% committed to what we want to achieve and with Rory saying he wanted to be elsewhere then our minds our made up.

We have been able to secure a deal with Bristol Rovers that is right for our football club.”

– Shaun Derry, Cambridge United manager

Cambridge United bring in QPR defender Furlong on loan

Darnell Furlong will spend the next month at Cambridge United. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have signed QPR defender Darnell Furlong on a month's loan.

The 20-year-old has already had a spell with Northampton Town this season, but will now play his football at the Abbey Stadium in January.

Furlong is the second defender to join Cambridge this month, with West Ham left-back Lewis Page joining on a similar deal over the weekend.

“We are pleased to confirm the loan signing of Darnell, who is a player that has already proven he can play at this level during his loan spell with Northampton Town.

He also adds the experience of playing at a higher level with QPR last season."

– Shaun Derry, Cambridge United manager

Meanwhile, Mickey Demetriou and Terry Kennedy have returned to their parent clubs after their loan spells ended.

Striker Rory Gaffney is back with the U's following his time on loan at Bristol Rovers.

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Cambridge United pull off coup as Everton midfielder Ledson joins on loan

Ryan Ledson in action for England at youth level. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have signed highly-rated Everton midfielder Ryan Ledson on loan until January.

The 18-year-old is widely regarded as one of the brightest young talents in the country, but has yet to make his Premier League debut for the Toffees.

Ledson will stay at the Abbey Stadium until January 3.

"I feel we have acquired the services of one of the brightest young talents in English football.

Ryan is clearly willing to take his career to the next level by joining Cambridge United, where he will have the opportunity to play his first League matches.

I would like to place on record my huge gratitude to Everton Football Club for making this loan deal possible.”

– Shaun Derry, Cambridge United manager
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