U’S GLAD TO GIVE RUSHIAN CHANCE TO SHINE
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.”