Carlisle United striker joins National League club

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Tristan Abrahams (photo: Barbara Abbott)
Tristan Abrahams (photo: Barbara Abbott)

Carlisle United striker Tristan Abrahams has left the Blues and joined National League club Eastleigh.

The Blues have given the forward a free transfer.

It sees the 23-year-old leave a year into the two-year deal he signed last summer.

Manager Paul Simpson has deemed the former Norwich City, Leyton Orient and Newport County striker surplus to requirements as he reshapes the squad.

Abrahams spent the second half of last season on loan in non-league's top tier with play-off winners Grimsby Town.

Now he makes a permanent move to Hampshire with the club who finished 19th last season.

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Abrahams' move was in the offing in recent days with Simpson saying he anticipated a departure from his squad ahead of Wednesday night's friendly at Kendal Town.

Now the frontman has left Brunton Park after four goals in 27 appearances.

Speaking to Eastleigh's website, Abrahams said: “I’m buzzing to be here, it’s a great club with good ambition so I can’t wait to get going.

“Once I spoke with the gaffer [Lee Bradbury] about a week ago I knew I wanted to be here and play under him. I think the squad are just looking forward to getting going now.”

Abrahams joined last summer under former boss Chris Beech.

He scored three goals in his first seven appearances - against Swindon Town, Orient and Hartlepool United - but struggled to make an impact from there, his only other United strike coming later in the season against Walsall.

He was allowed to leave on loan by Beech's successor Keith Millen, and Abrahams made 21 appearances for Grimsby, scoring four goals.

He was involved in the Mariners' play-off games as they earned a return to the Football League.

Simpson, speaking on Monday, said he was hoping to make another signing before the Kendal game but said there was no guarantee of an imminent deal.

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