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Robbie Returns!

Posted on: Wed 18 Jul 2012

Cambridge United are delighted to announce the return of winger Robbie Willmott to the club on a two-year deal.

A free agent following the conclusion of his contract at Blue Square Bet Premier rivals Luton Town, Willmott will be a familiar face to many Cambridge fans after he was spotted by current manager Jez George in the summer of 2006 and went on to spend four and a half years on the U's books.

Relatively experienced despite his age Willmott, 22, has made over 160 appearances in the Conference, scoring 33 goals.

It cost Luton £50,000 to prise Willmott away from the R Costings Abbey Stadium in January 2011 and the midfielder finished that season as joint-top scorer for the U's, despite departing mid-way through the campaign.

The Harlow-born youngster has featured in three of the last four Blue Square Bet Premier finals and manager Jez George was pleased to be reunited with a player of Willmott's calibre but feels there is a lot more to come from the youngster.

"Nolan and I feel that Robbie has not fulfilled the potential we believed he had when we signed him aged 15 and he seems to have lost his way," Jez admitted.

"Robbie understands what is now required from players at this football club and he is desperate for the opportunity to prove himself.

"When it comes to the crunch, Robbie is one of ours. He came through our scholarship scheme and, for whatever reason, has fallen foul of some of the pitfalls that exist for young players. We will work with him, like all of the other young players at the club, to be the best he can be and help the club become successful."

Willmott made a very honest assessment of his return, one that is sure to excite U's fans, and says he is here for purely footballing reasons.

"I am disappointed with the way my career has gone and I am grateful to the club for giving me this opportunity to get back on track," he said.

"I know that I need to work with Jez and Nolan again because the disciplines they demand will make me a better player. I feel as though I owe the club and the supporters and I promise that I will do my best and give everything I can to repay them."

Elaborating on the reasons behind his move, Willmott reveals he chose to return to the R Costings Abbey Stadium in the face of much more lucrative offers.

"This is not a financial decision as I have learned that money is not everything," Robbie said. "I could have easily have signed for other clubs in this league on far more money, in fact in some cases more than double.

"I now know that working with the right people at the right club is more important to me than anything. I am not going to say too much more in the press because I want to get on with working hard and do my talking on the pitch."

Willmott has been allocated squad number 22.

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