After it was confirmed Salford City’s Michael Nottingham was on the move to Blackpool, opportunity soon knocked for another rising star.
Sutton United’s England C defender Louis John has joined League Two Cambridge United.
The 24-year-old signs a two-year contract at the Abbey and told the U’s website: “I am very pleased to have got the deal over the line.
“It’s a step up for me, but I’m really looking forward to adapting to the level and seeing what I can produce.
“When speaking to other people within football, nobody has had a bad word to say about Cambridge United so it stuck out as a really good option for me.
“I’m excited to get to know the place even more. I will be moving to Cambridge to live here and I’m looking forward to that, as well as day one of pre-season where I’ll meet the rest of the lads and start preparing right for next year.
“I don’t come here expecting to start every game, so I know there is a lot of hard work ahead where I will have to force my way into the team. But that’s a good thing and it’s always positive to have targets for yourself. Right now I’m aiming to come back fit and ready to go.”
Cambridge United’s Head of Football Ben Strang added: “Louis is a player we have monitored closely throughout the season. He joins us at an ideal age having accumulated decent experience and playing minutes but also with the potential to improve.
“We feel he is capable of making the transition to the Football League and have been impressed with his mentality when meeting him. He is athletic, enjoys defending and gives us versatility in our defensive options.”