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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Carlisle Utd supersub Jordan Cook set to sign another loan deal

Supersub Jordan Cook is set to sign up for another loan spell with Carlisle United after the young striker admitted: I’m desperate to stay.

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Jordan Cook

The speedy Sunderland forward, who came off the bench to inspire the Blues to their 4-1 home win over Bury, wants to play a longer part in Carlisle’s play-off push.

United are equally keen to secure 21-year-old Cook for a third month after his latest spell ran out on Saturday, leaving the matter now in the hands of his Premier League parent club.

With no indication from the Black Cats that Cook is in Martin O’Neill’s immediate first-team plans, the likelihood is that another deal will be struck with Carlisle before this weekend’s trip to Bournemouth.

Cook, who scored and won a penalty in Saturday’s win after coming on for his sixth Blues outing with 15 minutes to go, said: “I’ll be speaking to the coaching staff at Sunderland – if I’m playing and scoring goals I don’t see why I wouldn’t want to stay.

“I’ve been dying to play, to show I’m not just happy to sit on the bench and make the numbers up.

“I really want to play and be a part of what Greg [Abbott] is trying to do. I’m on a high and I want the next game to come tomorrow.”

Abbott, whose second-half substitution paid rich dividends, held talks with Cook after Saturday’s game and the Blues manager’s No2 Graham Kavanagh admitted the Cumbrians were keen on a third successive month for the player.

United hope to speak to Sunderland today to tie up the move.

Cook’s dramatic entrance saw Carlisle break Bury’s resistance after the Shakers had kept the Blues to 1-1 until the closing stages.

Recalled Liam Noble’s stunning equaliser had cancelled out Giles Coke’s opener but United were frustrated in their search for a winner until Cook pounced on a mistake by Bury’s Phil Picken to score.

Lee Miller added a late brace as seventh-placed Carlisle went 14 games since their last home defeat, with only Notts County’s shock win at Charlton keeping them outside the play-off places.

But United are only a point behind the sixth-placed Magpies, with two games in hand.

Cook’s goal was only the second of his professional career and the ex-Walsall loanee said: “Last year was the complete opposite, when I was helping a club fight off relegation.

“Coming here, trying to get to the Championship, the atmosphere around the place is top class.

“I needed the goal and hopefully everything will start coming together now. I thought he [Picken] was going to put it in Row Z but it wouldn’t come down so I nipped in front of him.

“I never thought about passing.

“Liam afterwards said I was greedy but I wanted the goal so much.

“It means everything and for it to come in victory like that makes it even more special.”

Saturday’s victory means manager Abbott has another chance to break his three-league-wins-in-a-row duck, when Carlisle travel to big-spending Bournemouth.

Cook added: “It’s a long trip but I think we’ll put ourselves against any team in this league.

“We always fancy ourselves to get three points.”

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