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Monday, 22 September 2014

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Former Stoke City captain joins Carlisle Utd backroom staff

Graham Kavanagh has added former Stoke and Burnley captain Vince Overson to his backroom team as he promises a “fresh start” on Carlisle United’s first day of pre-season training.

Vince Overson
Vince Overson in 1992

Coach Overson has joined the Blues’ youth set-up as one of several new additions behind the scenes at Brunton Park.

The 52-year-old has been appointed to work with academy boss Alan Moore following the departure of coach Chris Blake to Sunderland.

And with Kavanagh also set to draft in two new scouts and a fitness coach, the signs are that the United boss is putting a significant stamp on the club ahead of the new campaign.

The manager – who will include former Sunderland pair Liam Marrs and Jordan Laidler among the early trialists this week – said he hopes the changes will have a positive effect on the relegated club.

“We are putting things in place to improve the club,” he said.

“We have got two scouts in, a fitness coach and also Vince Overson to work with the youth team.

“We are also getting heart-rate monitors in on Thursday which is the sort of thing we hope will have a long-term effect. The place is changing on a daily basis and coming into the 21st century.”

Overson arrives after spells at Burnley and Bury, and is credited with a key role in the development of Southampton and England star Jay Rodriguez at Turf Moor.

He was approached by the Cumbrians once Blake had indicated he would be leaving in May, and was at Brunton Park to assist Moore for the first time yesterday.

Kavanagh is today welcoming his four new signings along with at least six trialists.

New recruits Billy Paynter, Gary Dicker, Antony Sweeney and Danny Grainger are among the 16 professionals due at the club – a figure that includes Paul Thirlwell, who is poised to sign a new one-year deal.

And the United manager will give several young players the chance to win deals with the Cumbrians.

Right-back Marrs, 21, and 19-year-old striker Laidler have both been released recently by Sunderland.

Marrs played for Boston last season before his campaign was curtailed by a knee injury, while Laidler has spent time on loan with Chester.

Both made the first-team squad under former Black Cats boss Paolo Di Canio.

Former Everton winger Femi Orenuga, who now plays in Sweden for AFC United, could also link up with the Blues, two years after the 21-year-old had a trial with Carlisle during Greg Abbott’s reign.

Canadian Jonathan Viscosi, 23, who was last season with Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South club Carlton Town, is set to be one of two keepers on trial.

Viscosi trained with St Mirren earlier this year and played for Canada at the 2013 World University Games in Russia.

Penrith’s prolific midfielder Steven Rigg will also be on trial with the Blues, while Kavanagh will monitor at least one other player.

The United boss said trialists will initially be with the club for around 10-14 days.

He is also trying to complete a deal for a centre-half in the next 24 hours after receiving “positive vibes” from his target.

Kavanagh added: “I’m excited to be getting back, working with the group and seeing how the new players integrate.”

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