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Young Duo Allowed To Leave U's

Alex McHugh and Merrick James-Lewis have left Conference Premier club Cambridge United after failing to turn their trial periods into permanent moves.

Goalkeeper McHugh, who was let go by Hartlepool at the end of last season, played the second half of United's 6-0 friendly victory over St Neots on Saturday.

But he has been allowed to move on, with head coach Richard Money believing fellow trialist Ben Wilson to be ahead of him in the pecking order.

If he does earn a deal, former Sunderland shot-stopper Wilson will face competition from a loan goalkeeper who is set to arrive from a League club.

And midfielder James-Lewis (pictured) has been told he can leave in order to find guaranteed first-team football.

"The reality is the squad at the moment is adequately positioned in those positions, apart from the fact, which everyone is aware about, that we might look to bring in a right-sided player and the goalkeeper position still needs to be resolved," said Money.

"Ben did particularly well in training last week and we felt he was a little bit ahead of Alex.

"(If Wilson was signed) it would be in addition to a loan goalkeeper. Everybody in the squad needs competition.

"There's no room for (James-Lewis) and you need to be fair with people.

"There's no point continuing with that situation when he needs to get himself a club and to play games. He's anxious to be somewhere he can play.

"We don't see him in our first 11 and we're not going to fill the squad for the sake of it."



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