Wes Hoolahan has rejected Cambridge United to pursue a move overseas, according to the club’s manager.
Hoolahan had been on trial with the League Two side for the last month. The former Republic of Ireland midfielder, who spent last season with West Bromwich Albion, looked set to sign a deal with Cambridge for the upcoming campaign after impressing in training and pre-season fixtures.
However, according to Cambridge manager Colin Calderwood, Hoolahan has decided against signing for the club and will pursue an opportunity overseas.
Calderwood did not disclose which club the midfielder was due to join.
“Unfortunately Wes is not going to sign for us,” he manager told the club’s website.
“I think there’s going to be a nice opportunity for him. Because of that, we’ve got no hold on him.
“It just suits him and his family in a nice way. We wish him all the best.”
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Calderwood said Hoolahan’s decision was a “blow” to Cambridge’s plans for the season, as the Dubliner made a big impact during his short time at the club and “improved the standard of training” with his presence.
Hoolahan, who turned 37 in May, has played almost 500 games in British football. He spent a decade with Norwich City and helped them earn two promotions to the Premier League.
He also 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.
Hoolahan started his career with Shelbourne before making the move across the water to Livingston and then Blackpool.