Report: Wes Hoolahan Set For Move Down Under After Cambridge Exit

Former Ireland midfielder Wes Hoolahan is reportedly set for a move to Australia after turning down a contract offer from League Two side Cambridge United.

According to a report in the Irish Sun, Hoolahan is close to sealing a move to A-League outfit Newcastle Jets having been released from West Brom at the start of the summer.

Hoolahan had been training and playing with Cambridge United following his release but has opted to pursue an overseas opportunity instead of staying with the League Two club.

The report also outlines that before he made the move to West Brom last summer, following his Norwich City exit, he had considered moving down under.

The 37-year old’s brief spell at the Hawthorns proved to be a largely frustrating one with Hoolahan only making 10 appearances for the Baggies throughout the season.

Cambridge manager Colin Calderwood confirmed the news of Hoolahan’s exit on the club website outlining that it’s a blow for their plans ahead of the upcoming season.

“There’s a nice opportunity for him, we’ve got no hold on him.

“We wish him all the best, it’s a blow for us. Every indication was that he was going to be a very important factor in helping us achieve what we want to achieve this season.

“I really enjoyed having him around the environment and he’s definitely helped everyone.”

Hoolahan earned 43 caps for Ireland and played a key part in their Euro 2016 campaign when he scored the opening goal against Sweden and set-up Robbie Brady’s winner against Italy.

He started his career with Shelbourne before making the move across the water to Livingston and then Blackpool.

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