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Saturday, 26 July 2014

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Carlisle Utd hope to offload Andy Welsh to allow for new player

Carlisle United are stepping up their efforts to find another club for winger Andy Welsh – so they can replace him with a new signing.

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Andy Welsh

The Cumbrians want the out-of-favour Welsh to find first-team football elsewhere.

They have circulated the former Yeovil man’s name and hope to strike a loan deal, with clubs in League Two and the Blue Square Premier thought to be monitoring Welsh.

The 29-year-old has made just four substitute appearances this season after failing to force his way back into Greg Abbott’s team.

And with his time on the pitch adding up to just 61 minutes since August, a priority in the transfer window is to find a taker for Welsh.

The left winger scored for United’s second string in their 2-1 win in a behind-closed-doors game at Rangers on Tuesday.

But he appears no closer to a first-team recall, and a move for the ex-Sunderland man could create space on the wage bill for manager Abbott to draft in reinforcements.

The Blues boss has had to admit defeat in his chase of Joe Garner after Preston snapped up the Watford striker.

A priority for Abbott, though, is now in the Cumbrians’ leaky defence, where Mike Edwards’ hamstring injury has deprived him of another player.

The seriousness of Edwards’ injury has still not been revealed by United but Abbott is running the rule over several targets.

The Blues boss is considering the claims of trialist centre-half Sean O’Hanlon, the former MK Dons and Hibs man, as News & Star Sport revealed yesterday.

Possible loan targets are also being explored as the Blues manager bids to make the signings that will finally turn United’s season around.

Carlisle remain strapped for cash but the recent sale of Paddy Madden to Yeovil for an undisclosed fee has left room for Abbott to add to his squad.

United’s trip to Scunthorpe, which was postponed on December 22 due to a waterlogged pitch, has been rearranged.

The Cumbrians will now travel to Glanford Park to face Brian Laws’ strugglers on Tuesday, February 12, with a 7.45pm kick-off.

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