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Gareth Baldwin upbeat over Cambridge United Abbey talks

Gareth Baldwin
Baldwin has been working with the U's since January

Cambridge United's landlords are determined to help them back to the Football League, say U's commercial consultant Gareth Baldwin.

Their Abbey home was sold to Grosvenor Estates for £3.5m in March.

Baldwin told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "The ground is now owned by Grosvenor and they will want a return.

"But they're proving to be a very positive landlord and want to give us every opportunity to progress back into the Football League."

The U's sold the Abbey to previous landlords Bideawhile in 2004 for £1.9m and currently spend around £250,000-a-year in rent.

Baldwin hinted Grosvenor may look to review the situation and has told U's fans to expect a statement by mid-June.

"Grosvenor are very keen to be seen to be doing the right thing and support the club," he said.

Meanwhile, Baldwin said he is still in a position where he cannot join the U's board owing to his previous involvement with Histon.

Baldwin still owns shares in Histon, but said he is keen to sell for the right price.

"I do have shares in Histon and because FA rules state there may be a conflict of interests, I can't take a position on the Cambridge board," he said.

"I've invested hundreds of thousands of pounds into Histon so I'm not just going to toss my shares out of the window."

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