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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Carlisle United new boy Danny Cadamarteri has got pace to burn

Experienced new signing Danny Cadamarteri today insisted he still has pace to burn – and wants to prove it down the middle for Carlisle United.

Danny Cadamarteri photo
Danny Cadamarteri

The 32-year-old, who signed a two-year deal with the Blues this week, believes he can still make his mark as a centre-forward.

The former Huddersfield man has a modest goals return from recent seasons but says a central position is still his preferred role.

But versatile Cadamarteri says he will be happy to fight for his place in any position as he still has the speed to torment opponents.

“Yes, I’m 32, but I think Robbo [Matty Robson] will say that in the last game I played against Carlisle I gave him a run for his money,” said the new boy, who often figured on the right wing for the Terriers. So I’ve still got that level of pace.

“I’d like to be playing down the middle, but the manager picks the team. I’m not coming in to step on anybody else’s toes.

“I imagine Lee Miller will be the lead striker at the club but I’m coming to fight for a place either down the middle or any other position available.”

Ex-Everton man Cadamarteri believes his experience will be crucial to help United close out tight games next season in what he expects to be a serious promotion push.

The frontman also reckons he has joined the right club for a host of reasons, including United’s style of football, boss Greg Abbott’s passion, and the quality of Carlisles award-winning pitch.

“Carlisle have always seemed to play attractive football when I have watched them or played against them,” he said.

“Although Lee is good in the air they don’t throw everything up to him. They like to get it down and play, which is how I like to play.

“The fact the groundsman here [David Mitchell] gets groundsman of the year on a number of occasions is testament to the quality of the pitch, which is fantastic.

“It’s a friendly place to come and the manager has a good reputation now. When you hear of him being linked with jobs like Hull City he’s clearly doing something right.”

Cadamarteri says he expects to settle in quickly to his new surroundings and be at the front of the queue for a place in the side for the start of the 2012/13 campaign.

“I’m not known for being shy – I’m an outgoing, bubbly person and hopefully I will bring something different.

“Youth is important but sometimes that bit of experience, to see out games when you’re under the cosh, can help.

“You can end up losing late goals because of naivety but a bit more experience can get you over the line.”

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