Richard Money clarifies goalkeeper deals

Cambridge United Manager Richard Money is delighted with the business the club has transacted in the last few days with goalkeeping pair Sam Beasant and Will Norris

Earlier today the club announced that 21-year old Norris had agreed a two year contract extension with the U’s before making a season loan move to Braintree Town ahead the forthcoming campaign, in order to continue his development and gain valuable game time.

That announcement followed the news on Saturday that former Stevenage goalkeeper Sam Beasant had penned a one year deal with the club until the end of 2015/16 Football League season. 

Pleased to have tied down the futures of the talented duo at the Abbey Stadium, Money states the recent negotiations have clearly indicated the club’s core values and beliefs.

He said: “Developing and promoting young players, especially our own, will continue to be central to our football philosophy.

“Signing Sam and securing a loan for Will gives us the perfect opportunity to showcase that philosophy.

“We are delighted Sam has chosen us to push his career further. He had an excellent year at Woking and was unlucky with injury last year when he had won the battle for the number one position at Stevenage.

“We are all confident he can push Chris very hard this season. We have two very competent goalkeepers, they are both at a good age and we are happy to have them.”

Meanwhile, commenting further on the Norris extension, Money added: “Will agreeing a new deal was equally important. Securing him on a new contract is not only just reward for his efforts but it also means we can think about his long-term future by allowing him to go out on loan to get some valuable game time.

“Making sure he develops is crucial and the next stage is undoubtedly a season playing regularly at a very good level. The fact that it’s a part-time, local club means that it works perfectly for us logistically.

“It allows Will to continue training full-time with us and enables us to monitor his progress by watching his games whenever possible.”