Former Republic of Ireland midfielder has turned down a new deal with Cambridge United to pursue another offer outside of British football. 

The 37-year-old played in a friendly for the U's against Ipswich Town and looked likely to join the League 2 side. 

But manager Colin Calderwood has revealed Hoolahan will take up another contract elsewhere.

He told www.cambridge-united.co.uk: "Unfortunately Wes is not going to sign for us.

"He told me yesterday. There's a nice opportunity for him and we’ve got no hold on him and it suits him and his family.

"We wish him all the best, it’s a blow for us as we had real hopes and every indication that he was going to be a very important factor in helping us achieve what we want to achieve this season.

"He never signed, he never crossed the t’s and dotted the i’s. I have no complaints, I really enjoyed having him around the environment, and he’s definitely helped everyone.

"What we have to do is take the moments he’s been here, as he’s really lifted and improved in that short period the standard of training and shown the rest of the lads different qualities that are required."