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New Striker and Keeper for U`s

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Cambridge United have signed striker Tom Elliott on a two-year deal after he turned down the offer a new contract….

….with Blue Square Bet premier rivals Stockport County.

The 22-year-old joined the Hatters from Hamilton last summer and went on to score seven times in 41 Blue Square Bet Premier appearances.

Elliott was handed his senior debut at the age of 16, coming on for Leeds in a 2-1 Championship defeat at Norwich City.

He played three more times for United before spending six months north of the border with Hamilton.

“We know that Tom is not a proven goalscorer at this level and that he has only had one season in our league, but he has some fantastic attributes that will give us an added dimension in attack,” said Casmbridge boss Jez George.

Stockport manager Jim Gannon added: “I’m a little disappointed to have lost Tom, we had done everything in our powers to ensure he stayed.

“We offered him a contract back in early March with a substantial rise in wages and additional financial benefits, but unfortunately he chose to run his contract down and sign for another team.

“Despite our tight financial circumstances we offered Tom a very good deal and more importantly football wise I felt we offered him the perfect environment to further enhance himself.”

United have also brought in Tamworth goalkeeper Jonathan Hedge to replace the departing Danny Naisbitt.

Hedge, 23, was an ever-present for the Lambs last season in his debut campaign at Conference Premier level.

“Jonathan has impressed us as an individual and impressed us as a goalkeeper,” George added.

The U’s have also signed AFC Wimbledon midfielder Ricky Wellard, while winger Ashley Carew has been released.

Having failed to agree new terms with last season’s first-choice keeper Naisbitt, former Halifax shot-stopper Hedge has been brought in on a two-year contract after rejecting the offer of a new deal with Tamworth.

Carew featured 29 times last season after joining from Ebbsfleet United.

“We have to look at the deal the player wants. Look at what the player has given us over the last 12 months and decide what’s best for the club,” added George.

Wellard, 24, who had a loan spell with Cambridge during the 2010/11 campaign, has agreed a two-year deal at the Abbey Stadium following his release by Wimbledon.

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