CAMBRIDGE United boss Mark Bonner is pleased to add Sam Sherring to his squad for the remainder of the season, insisting: "He possesses many qualities that we like."

The U's were interested in acquiring the defender over the summer, but he instead joined Accrington Stanley.

However, after struggling for game-time in recent months, Sherring swapped to another League One club in Cambridge, completing his loan move there this week.

He could debut at Lincoln City on Saturday.

The 21-year-old was part of Cherries' first-team squad which travelled to Spain for a pre-season training camp in the summer following the arrival of Scott Parker.

He featured in friendlies against Real Balompedica Linense and Granada, before joining Accrington.

Discussing his decision to sign for Cambridge, Sherring told the club's website: “I spoke to the manager and a few people at the club a few days ago and heard really good things about the place.

"There was a bit of interest there before but it didn’t quite happen, so I am delighted to be here now and l can’t wait for the rest of the season.

“You can tell it’s a really positive atmosphere – everyone seems really together as one and that’s what you need to reach your targets individually and collectively.”

U's boss Bonner added: “We are pleased to welcome Sam as the first addition to our squad this transfer window in a position where we currently find ourselves short.

"Sam is a player we watched closely in the summer as he was playing a number of games in and around AFC Bournemouth’s first team.

"He possesses many qualities that we like and his versatility across the defensive line is a positive for him and our squad.

“Having met with Sam, he clearly sees this as an experience that interests him and one that will be good for his overall education and development.

"Sam has already played games in League One this season and that experience will serve him well as he looks to find a way into our team and contribute to the squad between now and the end of the season.

“We all look forward to helping him settle into the club quickly and to working with him to make this experience a really positive one for him."

Dorchester-born Sherring, who spent last season on loan at Torquay United, will wear the number 24 shirt during his stay at Cambridge.