Bird gets set to take wing again for United
RYAN BIRD is determined to rediscover his scoring touch for Cambridge against Newport on Monday.
Bird spent a successful two-month stint on loan at United last term, helping them to promotion via the Conference play-offs.
In that time the 26-yearold netted nine goals – including the opener in the FA Trophy triumph over Gosport Borough in March.
And after agreeing to terminate his contract with League Two club Portsmouth, Bird has vowed to take flight once more.
“I’m looking forward to getting back out there and scoring,” said the former Burham forward.“I made it clear Cambridge were my first choice when leaving Portsmouth.
“The two months that I was here was probably the best of my career. I had a great time and I got to know all the boys.
“As a striker you want to get chances and when I was here I was getting at least two chances a game.
“It was a great team spirit as well, they look out for each other on and off the pitch.
“When I played for Burnham that team spirit was similar – we weren’t the greatest team in the world but we were all . That’s one of the most important things in football.”
The visitors will be without midfielder Tom Champion, out for up to eight weeks with a broken cheekbone.
The 28-year-old suffered the injury after only ten minutes of Tuesday's 2-0 loss to Crawley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
Newport youth-team centre-back Regan Poole is having a trial at Manchester United.
Poole, 16, is on a twoyear scholarship at Rodney Parade but trained with the United reserve team on Thursday at Carrington.
The Exiles will also be without Byron Anthony, who is still suffering from the leg he broke in August 2013.
The centreback returned earlier this year but he was forced to undergo a second operation to relieve pain towards the end of last season.
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