Cambridge United announced the capture of Adam May this afternoon following a successful trial spell with the club.
As a 17-year-old, the exciting youngster was handed a Pompey debut, looking set for a long and prosperous career on the south coast. He struggled to live up to that early promise, enjoying loan spells with Gosport Borough, Sutton United, Aldershot Town, Swindon Town and Boreham Wood before leaving Fratton Park this summer.
The Southampton-born midfielder made 12 appearances for Swindon as they were promoted last season, scoring once, but his loan ended in January and he moved to National League side Boreham Wood. He only appeared twice for them before the pandemic broke out, scoring as they lost 3-2 to Aldershot.
“Gary Waddock (Cambridge assistant head coach) knows him well from giving his debut aged 17 at Portsmouth, and having him on loan at Aldershot,” said United head coach Mark Bonner.
“He is one that myself and Ben (Cambridge’s director of football) have tracked for quite a while in the videos and games that we’ve seen. We wanted to make sure we had someone who was a little bit more of a creative type, good on the ball, and I think he can nick a goal.”
He impressed in a recent 1-0 friendly win against Ipswich Town, leading to a one-year deal with the option of a second year, should he perform well.
Cambridge fans have been quick to welcome him to the club on social media, but a handful of other supporters have also left their thoughts following his arrival at the Abbey Stadium.
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Welcome Adam, wishing you all the best, hopefully another George Maris type player ????
— Josh Cornwell (@JoshCornwell11) September 4, 2020
— Alex Carter ?* (@AlexCarter145) September 4, 2020
WHAT A SIGNING??
— TomCUFC (@CufcTom) September 4, 2020
Lol, wait till you see him play, awful player
— STFC (@fredpalmer21) September 4, 2020
— freddie ? (@fredstr_) September 4, 2020
— Jake (@jakeg983) September 4, 2020
you have no idea
— tyler ? (@tylerstfc) September 4, 2020
As a Pompey fan I’ll even say it. He’s genuinely poor. National league player at best
— Chris (@underwood1200) September 4, 2020
oh dear cambridge
— Lewis bradley (@lewis1bradley) September 4, 2020