Tuesday, 01 December 2015

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Carlisle Utd players told to prove they are worth new contracts

Greg Abbott today challenged his players to prove they’re worth cash-strapped Carlisle United shelling out on new contracts.

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Greg Abbott

The Blues manager admitted that talks on new deals would soon be taking place at Brunton Park.

And with money tight at United, Abbott says he needs every piece of evidence possible from his players to justify handing them new terms.

The majority of the first-team squad at Carlisle, including Lee Miller, Matty Robson and Chris Chantler, see their deals run out in the summer.

And asked if talks were imminent, Abbott said: “They will have to start soon but let’s get our run of results first.

“The game is that tight in terms of finance that we need results and performances.

“That will give us the most powerful position to drive the group of players and backroom staff forward.”

Abbott claims he has had informal discussions with some of the squad over their futures but formal talks have not yet begun.

With 19 games remaining in the League One campaign, the manager believes there is ample opportunity for his players to make their cases.

There will be a host of issues waiting to be resolved, with the likes of Frank Simek, JP McGovern, Danny Livesey, Peter Murphy, Andy Welsh, Paul Thirlwell, Sean O’Hanlon and Josh Todd also seeing their deals run out in the summer.

It means the United squad could face a massive overhaul unless Abbott and the club are convinced by their displays to reward them with longer stays at Brunton Park.

The situation with talisman and captain Miller is set to be the most hotly-debated of all the out-of-contract players, with Abbott having told the Scot that he will have to work within the club’s wage structure to remain at United.

“We are dealing with those situations all the time, every single day,” added Abbott.

“Even if we are not speaking to the players, I’m talking to [managing director] John Nixon, the chairman [Andrew Jenkins] and dropping things in with the players.

“As for real formal meetings, they have not taken place yet, but a few weeks ago we were saying that nearly everybody was playing for their futures.”


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