Ebbsfleet United have signed Cambridge striker Andy Pugh on an initial month’s loan as manager Steve Brown made good on his word to bolster his front line.
The 24-year-old who, like potential strike partner Ben May is locally born, was one of non-league’s hottest properties in his time at Welling United, sparking interest from league clubs before Cambridge landed his signature for £15,000 in January 2012. With his initial impact at Cambridge curtailed by injury, Pugh has nevertheless gone on to play for the U’s more than 40 times, scoring seven goals, primarily from a wide midfield position.
But it his core striking abilities that Steve Brown has no doubt got an eye on. Pugh began his career as a Gillingham apprentice, turning professional in 2007 and playing six times in the League. He also had loan spells at Welling, Maidstone, Grays, Folkestone Invicta, Dover and Histon before a permanent move into non-league football with Welling in the summer of 2010.
He blossomed at Park View Road, scoring 18 goals in his first season and, having notched 15 by Christmas in his second, was on the radar of many higher clubs, trialling at Leyton Orient before his move to Cambridge went through during the January 2012 transfer window. Pugh, who is contracted at Cambridge until the summer of 2014, goes straight into the squad for Saturday’s home game against Boreham Wood.
Here are just a selection of Andy Pugh’s goals: