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Friday, 25 April 2014

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Carlisle Utd's Chris Chantler pens new deal and urges others to follow

Chris Chantler today spoke of his hope that more of Carlisle United’s out of contract players will join him in signing new deals with the Blues.

Chris Chantler photo
Chris Chantler

The injured left-back has agreed a new one-year contract which keeps him at Brunton Park until 2014.

The 22-year-old – out for the season after ankle surgery – says it is a huge relief to have his immediate future secured during the toughest time of his career.

And with many more of Greg Abbott’s squad coming to the end of their contracts, Chantler hopes they will also eventually sign up to the cause.

“A lot of players are out of contract in the summer and hopefully a lot of them will stay and help kick us on next year, because we’ve got a good core of a squad here,” he said.

Chantler, who is still wearing a protective boot on his left foot, signed his new terms yesterday after several weeks of negotiations.

The former Manchester City player insists he is “comfortable” with only a one-year deal and is determined to bounce back from his injury in time for the start of next season.

He said: “This hasn’t been a nice time for me – the past month has probably been the worst time of my career – so to get this contract signed is one thing off my mind.

“We were getting close to an agreement before the injury, and then the surgery put things back another couple of weeks, so I’m relieved it’s all sorted now.

“I’m quite comfortable with just the one year. I’m coming up to an age where I need to be playing football, and I have been doing that this year.

“If I am again next year then I will be in a good position to earn another deal. A year is probably a good scenario for us both.

“I feel very settled here. For me to play my best I need to feel comfortable within the surroundings, the team, the social aspect of things and it’s all adding up for me. Hopefully we are here talking about another deal next year.”

Chantler, who made 31 appearances this season, is in the early stages of a four-month bid for fitness which he hopes will see him play a full part in pre-season in July.

His operation two weeks ago ended his campaign prematurely, forcing manager Abbott to move for Wigan loanee Jordan Mustoe – who could make his debut against MK Dons today (Brunton Park, 3pm).

Chantler said he had suffered a minor setback with a skin reaction to the cast he has been wearing.

But he added: “I’m in a boot for four weeks, then I will start doing rehab. In three months I’ll be allowed to start running and in four months I should be ready.

“But me and Dolly[physio Neil Dalton] aren’t going to rush it. With it going into the off-season there is no point in trying to shave time off it. I’ve got the whole summer to get it right.”

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