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American ace joins Carlisle Utd on two-year deal

Carlisle United today signed American international defender Frank Simek as manager Greg Abbott ended his search for a replacement for cult hero Richard Keogh.

Frank Simek photo
Frank Simek

Simek, who has five caps for the USA and narrowly missed out on a place in Bob Bradley’s World Cup squad, signed a two-year deal at Brunton Park on the first day of pre-season training.

The tough-tackling 25-year-old has joined the Cumbrians on a free transfer after being released by Sheffield Wednesday at the end of last season.

The capture of Simek brings a quick conclusion to Abbott’s search for a right-back following Keogh's decision to quit the Blues for Coventry earlier this week.

The defender, who played with United assistant manager Graham Kavanagh at Wednesday, said he is looking forward to kick-starting his career with United after two frustrating seasons at Hillsborough.

“Dropping down a division doesn’t concern me,” Simek said. “The most important thing for me is to get back playing again and get my career back on track.

“I have a lot to prove to a lot of people and I am grateful to Carlisle United for giving me the chance to do that.”

Simek, who describes himself as an “all-action” defender, has been a top target for Abbott since the end of last season and agreed terms today after flying back to England from the USA.

He said he rejected offers from other clubs because he was impressed with Abbott’s ambitions for United. He will join his new team-mates for training today and is likely to make his first Blues appearance in next Friday’s friendly at Kendal, where Abbott will take his full squad.

Abbott said he was delighted to have landed a player of Simek’s pedigree, and said: “Hopefully this will get the fans thinking we mean business.

“He is a modest lad who just wants to play football. Money wasn’t a major consideration for him and that was refreshing to hear.”

Simek made 130 appearances in five seasons with Wednesday and was a first-team regular for his first two-and-a-half seasons at Hillsborough, when his performances attracted the attention of Premier League clubs.

But a serious ankle injury forced him out of the side in 2007 and he has since been restricted to a bit-part role under managers Brian Laws and Alan Irvine, making just 15 appearances last season.

Born in St Louis, Missouri, Simek was on Arsenal’s books as a teenager and played one game for the Gunners’ first team before moving to Wednesday in 2005, having also had loan spells with QPR and Bournemouth.

He made his international debut against Guatemala in March 2007 and was called into the USA squad for a friendly against Holland in March this year.

He will get an early chance to face his old Wednesday team-mates in the new campaign when United go to Hillsborough on September 11.


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Posted by EddyBoHagen on 2 July 2010 at 23:43

I have seen a bit of this lad play and what i have seen has been good and the fact two wednesday fans are saying hes a good signing for us then things are looking bright welcome to Brunton Park Frank and all the best mate and well done Greg for signing him things are looking up for the blues now lets hope we can have another good season but improve on last seasons final position n lets get back to wembley COME ON THE BLUES

Posted by Blues4eva on 2 July 2010 at 14:21

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