Bird gets set to take wing again for United

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Jack Skel­ton

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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