The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Con­nor McLough­lin

CAM­BRIDGE boss Colin Calder­wood has raided his for­mer club As­ton Villa to sign Rushian Hep­burn-Mur­phy on loan.

The 20-year-old for­ward, a prod­uct of Villa’s academy, will pro­vide ad­di­tional at­tack­ing op­tions at the Abbey Sta­dium un­til the end of the sea­son.

Calder­wood worked with the striker while he was as­sis­tant man­ager at Villa Park, where he worked un­til Oc­to­ber when Steve Bruce left.

“We’re de­lighted to get Rushian in as an ad­di­tion to the squad for the rest of the sea­son,” he said.

“Firstly, we would like to thank As­ton Villa for al­low­ing him out on loan to us, as I’m sure he is a young player who will have been highly sought-after.

“Rushian pro­vides us with a dif­fer­ent type of cen­tre-for­ward and will add to our am­mu­ni­tion in that area of the pitch.

“The loan works well for all par­ties as it will also give him a su­per plat­form to de­velop his se­nior play­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Hep­burn-Mur­phy, 20, made his pro­fes­sional de­but for the Vil­lans aged just 16 years and 176 days, fea­tur­ing in the Premier League against Sun­der­land in 2015.

He has been with the club since the age of nine and since his de­but he has made 16 se­nior ap­pear­ances, in­clud­ing five in the Cham­pi­onship this term.

The young­ster also rep­re­sented his coun­try at ev­ery age level, win­ning 15 caps be­tween Un­der-16 and Un­der-20 lev­els.

U’s head of foot­ball Ben Strang added: “Adding for­ward op­tions to the group was a pri­or­ity for us, so we are thrilled to add a player of Rushian’s cal­i­bre. He’s one we’ve seen a lot of over the years and al­ways ad­mired.

“He’s a player Colin knows well and this re­la­tion­ship will be im­por­tant in max­imis­ing Rushian’s con­tri­bu­tion dur­ing his time with us.”

MOVE: Hep­burn-Mur­phy

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