Wednesday, 07 October 2015

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Cook on menu for Carlisle Utd after striker released by Sunderland

Carlisle United are expected to join the race for Jordan Cook after Sunderland put the Blues on transfer alert by releasing the former loan star.

Jordan Cook photo
Jordan Cook

Cook was part of a nine-player clear-out at the Stadium of Light – instantly sparking calls from fans for Carlisle to move for the 22-year-old.

Cook impressed during a 93-day loan at Brunton Park last season and boss Greg Abbott has made little secret of his admiration for the forward.

The speedy striker was responsible for one of the most dramatic moments of United’s campaign when he fired two late goals to clinch a 2-1 win at MK Dons in March.

Abbott has already admitted Cook is on his radar and must now decide whether to make a permanent move.

He scored four goals in 14 outings for the Cumbrians and left Carlisle under no illusions about how much he enjoyed his time with the club.

Cook is likely to attract interest from other clubs in League One but United will hope they hold an advantage through having worked closely with the player for three months.

The striker also fits the bill of prospective recruits at Carlisle, who often prefer to scrutinise players during a loan spell before making a permanent deal – a strategy they have used with the likes of Tom Taiwo, Lubo Michalik and Cook’s fellow ex-Sunderland man Liam Noble.

Cook has spoken of his regret that he was unable to make the grade with the Premier League club but says he is now keen for a fresh start. On Twitter, he wrote: “Guess it wasn’t meant to be, I thought I did enough to get a decent chance in the team, after two successful loan spells and performances as a sub when I did play.

“But I honesty can’t thank Sunderland enough for what they have done for me, all the coaches and physios and secretaries there, and all the fans for pushing me on through my career.

“Looking forward to a new challenge and hopefully we will cross paths again soon.”

Sunderland also released Craig Gordon, Trevor Carson, Lewis King, Liam Bagnall, Jordon Lavendar, James Brace, Brett Elliott and Oumare Tounkara.

Axed United defender Steve Swinglehurst has signed a permanent deal with Annan Athletic, where he made 14 loan appearances last season.

Championship outfit Bristol City are reported to be keen on re-signing former United defender Richard Keogh from relegated Coventry.

Former Carlisle boss Neil McDonald – now assistant boss at West Ham – is back in the Premier League after Sam Allardyce’s Hammers beat Blackpool 2-1 in the Championship play-off final.

Football League highlights will continue to be shown on terrestrial television after a new three-year deal was agreed with the BBC.The deal means The Football League Show will continue to be broadcast until 2015.