Blue Square Bet
Published 6th August 2012
.....League Premier Division side Hampton & Richmond Borough.
Ross, 22, has signed a one-year deal and will provide cover for number one keeper Jonathan Hedge while Will Norris is out on loan.
The young keeper made twenty-nine appearances for the Beavers last season, and has previously had spells with Southampton, Reading, Crystal Palace and Colchester United.
U's manager Jez George said: "Craig has impressed us in training with his attitude and ability.
"We are delighted to have signed someone of Craig's calibre and experience, as we need a competent goalkeeper to push Hedgey and be good enough to play when needed.
"The financial package we have been able to offer Craig is way under what we would expect to pay, so it is a great credit to him that wanting this opportunity has been the overriding factor in coming here."
Ross had previously committed to playing on for the club in their upcoming Ryman League Premier campaign following relegation. However, the lure of being part of the team at the R Costings Abbey Stadium encouraged a change of heart.
"Joining Cambridge United is a great step in the right direction for my career. I want to be to be playing full-time and training every day. This is an ambitious club that’s going places," Ross said.
"I'm really happy to be here, and I can't wait for the start of the season.
"I'm looking forward to working with goalkeeping coach Lance Key, who was a good keeper himself so I hope to learn from his experience. "I will come in and work hard, and I'll push Hedgey. I'm not just here to warm the bench, I intend to take my chance in the first team if and when I get it."