Cambridge United announced a key summer signing yesterday as veteran midfielder Wes Hoolahan arrived on a one-year deal.
Hoolahan trained with the club last summer, before heading to Australia to play for Newcastle Jets, but he’s back in the Football League looking to add another chapter to a long and illustrious career in the game.
He began his career in his native Ireland, featuring for Belvedere and Shelbourne, before a 16-game stint in the Scottish top-flight with Livingston. He soon made the jump to England, appearing in League One with Blackpool where he featured over 90 times and earned a promotion to the Championship.
He then made the move he is best known for, joining Norwich City in June 2008. He spent a decade in Norfolk, appearing 352 times and netting 54 goals, twice earning promotion to the Premier League. After leaving Norwich, the 38-year-old spent the 2018/19 season with Championship side West Bromwich Albion before his move Down Under.
He was also capped 43 times by Eire, scoring three goals, with his final cap coming in 2017 at the age of 35.
“We are delighted that Wes has joined us and the quality and experience he will bring us makes him a really strong addition to the team. He showed us last summer the benefit to our environment he will add by setting standards with his work ethic and professionalism.
“I know he will be another excellent character around the club and in the dressing room, but he is full of energy to play, to make us better and to contribute to a winning team.”
However, that enthusiasm isn’t shared by all of the supporters reacting on Twitter. There’s little doubt Wes Hoolahan is a talent, or has been a talent, but the division seems to come around his usefulness at the age of 38, as you’ll see below.
TRY OUR PREMIER LEAGUE STICKERS QUIZ FEATURING PLAYERS ALL ACTIVE WHEN WES HOOLAHAN STARTED HIS CAREER
Don't see this ending well for the club. Hopefully Im proved wrong tho
— Bobby Dickson (@BobbyCUFC03) July 28, 2020
Genuinely don't know how I feel about this
— Simon Hollamby (@SimonHollamby) July 28, 2020
Ditto. I don't think he is a player that needs pace, he's mentally quick etc, but I do wonder if the extra year will make much difference on the player he is/was
— Matt Nicholson (@MattNicholson80) July 28, 2020
Needs pace? He's never had pace.
Hes usually a second infront of everybody on the pitch, has great vision and can unlock teams with one pass.
He'll be a great addition
— Chris Mullins (@hashtagMullins) July 28, 2020
Fail to see how anyone is doubting the impact of such a signing, imagine what this does to the dressing room, experience is crucial not to mention the talent Wes has, absolutely blinding signing.
— Aaron Williams (@AzaTurkish) July 28, 2020
I completely agree he is a quality player, just hoping he doesn’t spend half of the season in the treatment room.
— Jon Emmerson (@Jon031091) July 28, 2020
He is 38 past his best and only played 5 matches last season!
— Kennett Youth FC (@kennettU6810) July 28, 2020
Genuinely got Cambridge as a my second team now. Was almost a done deal already, but getting the magician has sealed it.
— Alex Parnell (@parny19) July 28, 2020
Best player Norwich ever had after Martin Peters. World class
— John Claxton (@BuenaVisa) July 28, 2020