THE opportunity to work under Swindon Town legend Colin Calderwood proved too good to turn down for Kyle Knoyle, who has officially joined Cambridge United on a two-year deal.

Knoyle made 48 appearances in all competitions for Town last season – and his performance levels were sufficient enough to warrant the offer of a fresh contract from Town boss Richie Wellens.

The 22-year-old was offered his new County Ground deal in April, but neither party could reach an agreement amid reported interest from United boss Calderwood.

Subsequently, the former West Ham youth player’s offered at SN1 contract was withdrawn by Wellens.

But the above is now irrelevant after Knoyle’s deal was confirmed by Cambridge this afternoon.

And the Newham-born right-back admits he cannot wait to start working with his new manager.

He told United’s official club website: “I feel like that I've really started to establish myself as a footballer at this level during my time at Swindon, and I'm now ready to kick on again here at Cambridge United.

"Working under Colin (Calderwood) was a big pull for me so it's exciting, and it's a club that I feel I can achieve something with. I like to go forward, and I see myself as a modern day full back.

"I'll go away now for a break, but I'll keep myself fit with an off-season programme and I'm really looking forward to getting stuck into pre-season here and meeting up with the rest of the squad."

Commenting on Knoyle’s capture, Calderwood revealed he first took interest in Knoyle during Town’s visit to the Abbey Stadium in April.

He added: “Kyle is another player who really stood out against us when he featured for Swindon Town last season.

"He certainly has good experience across a number of different levels, and has both the attributes and the personality that I feel will set into the team environment.”