Wes Hoolahan has signed a new one-year deal with Cambridge United that will see the Dubliner play with the club beyond his 40th birthday.

Hoolahan joined the Us last July following a stint with Newcastle Jets in Australia's A League.

He had a brilliant campaign in League Two as Cambridge gained promotion to the third tier of English football for the first time since the 2001/02 season.

Hoolahan turned 39 last month but boss Mark Bonner was desperate to tie the former Republic of Ireland international down for another year as Cambridge prepare for life in League One.

"I'm buzzing to sign for another year here," Hoolahan told the club website.

"I really enjoyed it last year, to win promotion, and I'm looking forward to playing in League One again now with the club.

"We've got a good squad and hopefully we can build on this winning mentality we have and go into next season on a high."


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Bonner described the former Shelbourne and Norwich playmaker as "exceptional", adding: "Wes extending his contract with us is superb news for the team and the supporters who were unable to see him live last season.

"Firstly, as a player his goal involvements, chances created and creativity contributed greatly to our attacking prowess. Secondly, his mindset and winning mentality was something that helped drive the standards and expectations of the team. Thirdly, his humility and character made him an outstanding role model to all of us.

"His experience and temperament will rub off on everyone again as we approach tougher games and bigger atmospheres, as his presence continues to improve the players around him."