Carlisle United on brink of sealing new signing

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Paul Simpson (photo: Barbara Abbott)
Paul Simpson (photo: Barbara Abbott)

Paul Simpson says Carlisle United’s latest signing is all but secured.

The Blues manager has revealed that a new defender is poised to join the Cumbrians.

Simpson hopes the player – a loan signing – will train with the squad tomorrow and will be available for Saturday’s trip to Stevenage.

United’s boss has not revealed details of the signing but said things will be confirmed once the player is in the building.

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“It’s a defender and I think it’s done, but until they’re in the building and until I see them face to face and they’ve got our training kit on, I’m going to just wait on that one,” Simpson said.

“I think everything is agreed and done and sorted, but I’ve had my fingers burned before.

“Once we get him in the building, and he’s training with kit on and is our player and insured, I promise I’ll tell you on Thursday afternoon.”

Simpson had hoped to bring the player in in time for Tuesday’s trip to Grimsby Town.

But he conceded that it had not been possible to finalise things in time for the game which, in the event, was abandoned because of a waterlogged pitch.

“By the time we got everything agreed it was too late,” he said, “because there’s no emergency loans now where you can do it at 12pm on a matchday, it had to be done by 12 [on Monday] – it didn’t happen and wasn’t a thought.”

Simpson has underlined the need to bring in cover on the left side of United’s defence.