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Rolls tips Brabin for top level

Gary Brabin
Brabin joined the U's from Southport over the summer

Cambridge United chairman George Rolls has said he believes boss Gary Brabin will manage at a much higher level.

Brabin has taken the U's to the Blue Square Premier play-off final in only his first full season of management.

Rolls told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "Gary has done a fantastic job alongside Paul Carden.

"Gary has a bright future ahead of him and I'm sure he'll go on from here to manage in the Championship or the Premier League."

Brabin had spent just a handful of games in charge of Southport before replacing Jimmy Quinn at the Abbey.

Following a slow start to the campaign, the U's gradually built momentum and lost just two matches post January.

If we do go up into the League, we've got a squad capable of challenging of the play-offs in League Two with just a couple of additions

U's chairman George Rolls

Rolls believes the decision to appoint Brabin has been fully vindicated, but says the U's board also deserve credit for backing their manager in the transfer market.

"We've backed him heavily, our budget has been larger than we hoped for this year, and we've probably spent more this year than last," he said.

Brabin spent £15,000 on bringing Jon Challinor to the club, whilst Scott Rendell's protracted loan move from Peterborough United also required significant investment.

The U's were left with a heavily depleted squad following the departure of Quinn, but Rolls says the former boss provided much of the basis for their current success.

"If we do go up on Sunday we have to thank Jimmy Quinn a little bit as he signed Wayne Hatswell who is probably our player of the year," he said.

"We had disagreements with Jimmy off the field, but we've still got to thank him for all his effort and the players he signed for the club."

The U's faithful will be hoping it is a case of second time lucky after missing out in the play-off final under Quinn last year.

If they can find their way past Torquay at Wembley on Sunday, Rolls is confident the they will do well in League Two.

"If we do go up into the League, we've got a squad capable of challenging of the play-offs in League Two with just a couple of additions," he said.

As with any club in the non-league, money is tight, and Rolls accepts failure to win promotion would result in cuts.

"We've spent way over our budget this year, so whatever division we're in next year we won't be spending lots of money.

"If we don't go up, we'll look at it after Sunday, but as I've already said there will have to be cuts."

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