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DANNY CADAMARTERI is backing Town to succeed in their push for promotion to the Championship.

Danny Cadamarteri

DANNY CADAMARTERI is backing Town to succeed in their push for promotion to the Championship.

The popular old boy’s focus is on Dundee United’s campaign, which climaxes with a Scottish Cup final showdown with Ross County at Hampden Park on Saturday week.

But Cadamarteri, who had two seasons with Town before heading North of the border last summer, is still in close touch with many of his former teammates.

“The texts have been flying back and forth,” explained the 30-year-old striker, who is looking forward to playing Europa League football next season after the Tannadice club clinched third place in the Scottish Premier League.

“I’m really pleased to see Town make the play-offs, and still have a chance of automatic promotion come to that, because I have an awful lot of time for the club.

“The fans are brilliant, the people behind the scenes are excellent and in Lee Clark and his staff, they have a great management team.

“The squad has changed quite a bit, but the players the manager has brought in have certainly added something.

“I still come back down to see my family (in Cleckheaton), and I’ve seen a couple of Town matches this season.

“The likes of Peter Clarke and Lee Peltier seem to be playing really well at the back, and up front, Town have so many options.

“Jordan Rhodes is a class act, Theo Robinson has shown what he’s about over the last couple of months, and Lee Novak has made the transition from non-league football seem simple.

“When you think that the manager has Robbie Simpson waiting in the wings, Town seem a great bet to score goals, and to me, their recent form means they will be the side the others want to avoid in the play-offs.”

Cadamarteri, who had a brief spell playing alongside Town chief Clark at Fulham, made 50 appearances for Town before turning down the offer of a 12-month contract to sign two-year terms with Dundee United.

“We parted on good terms,” confirmed the former Everton and England Under 21 star, who also played for Bradford, Leeds, Sheffield United and Leicester.

“I told Lee Clark at the time that a big part of my decision to join Dundee United was the chance to play in some big matches – maybe cup finals – and possibly in Europe.

“I’ve had the experience of playing against Rangers at Ibrox and Celtic at Parkhead and really enjoyed those occasions, and by sealing third place in the league, we’ll play in the Europa League next season.

“When you look at what Fulham have done in that competition this season, it’s a mouth-watering prospect.”

Cadamarteri, now a dad of two after the birth of second son Caelan (a brother for four-year-old Bailey-Tye) seven months ago, is settled in St Andrews, just down the road from Dundee, and confident of overcoming a dislocated shoulder suffered against Rangers last Saturday in time for the Scottish Cup final.

He returned from a calf injury in time to appear in the 2-0 semi-final win over Raith Rovers, also at Hampden, and said: “I only came on as a substitute, but it was a great moment.

“It’s an historic stadium and the atmosphere was excellent, so it should be even better for the final.”

Ross County, based in the Highland town of Dingwall, are the surprise package of the competition and put out Hibernian in the quarter-finals and Celtic in the semis.

But Cadamarteri pointed out: “People think of them as real minnows, but they’ve had a good season in the Scottish First Division and have a good manager (ex-Motherwell player Derek Adams) and some decent players.

“They’ve shown what they are capable of, and we’ll be giving them total respect, because we certainly don’t want to end up as another scalp for them.”

 

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