Reggie Lambe said he is settling in well at Cambridge United after helping his new club to a pair of wins in pre-season.
Lambe, who joined Cambridge on a two-year deal last month, played 45 minutes in his side’s 7-1 win away to non-League side St Neots in the scorching heat last weekend.
The 27-year-old midfielder joked that the weather reminded him of being back home in Bermuda. “It was good to get a half of football under my belt and to get some fitness in,” Lambe told the Cambridge News. “It was a good game, I think I linked up very well with some of the players and I look forward to taking that into the season.
“It was very hot out there. When the season starts it might be like this so you have to get used to it. As it cools down I know we’ll be able to press like we want to and do much more on the ball, so we’re just waiting for that. We’re just doing what we have to do in this sort of weather so if it is like this, we’re ready for every sort of environment.”
Lambe also set up a goal in Cambridge’s 8-1 win away to Cambridge City yesterday, playing the second half of the match. The Bermuda captain, who was released by Carlisle United at the end of last season, said he is getting to grips with head coach Joe Dunne’s passing style of football.
“It’s been slightly different, a bit more with the ball but that’s something we’re working on as a team, to move the ball more quickly,” he said.
“The fitness will come, we’re all getting the half in and trying to get everyone’s fitness levels up. Once we get our fitness levels higher we can move the ball quicker like we want to and get teams running and chasing us round the pitch.
“We’re all comfortable on the ball, we’ve been training together for a while now. We sort of know where to play it for certain players and where to give it for certain players. That’s basically what we try to go out there and put it into practice.”
Lambe added that Jabo Ibehre, his former Carlisle team-mate, has helped feel at home at Abbey Stadium.
“The boys made me feel very welcome,” Lambe said. “I feel very much part of the team already and also I knew Jabo [Ibehre] from my time at Carlisle, so that helped me as well.
“I spoke to him [Ibehre] before I came just to see what it would be like around the ground and stuff like that. He told me anything and everything and everything he said was spot-on.”
Cambridge are away to Port Vale in their opening match of the Sky Bet League Two season on August 4.