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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Greg Abbott's plea to Carlisle Utd fans Danny Grainger and Lewis Guy

Carlisle United boss Greg Abbott hopes Cumbrian pair Danny Grainger and Lewis Guy’s love for the club could lead to a double summer signing.

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Trialist Lewis Guy

Grainger has been invited to train at Brunton Park until he finds a club following his release from Hearts, and Guy is trying to win a deal after severing ties with St Mirren.

While Grainger has other options, Abbott hopes that by offering him the chance to train with the club over the summer, the 26-year-old former Gretna left-back, from Eamont Bridge, near Penrith, might consider a move to Carlisle, with Chris Chantler facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Guy, also from Penrith, has been given two weeks to impress enough to earn a permanent deal after St Mirren paid up the remaining year on his contract on Friday.

The 27-year-old striker scored Carlisle’s last goal in Saturday’s 4-1 friendly victory over Kendal Town after coming on as a second half substitute, and is expected to feature in tomorrow night’s game at Workington Reds.

Both players grew up as Carlisle fans – and Abbott hopes those emotional ties could work in the Blues’ favour as he looks to strengthen two key areas of his team.

“Lewis has shown he has a bit of experience and he is going to work with us as he likes the club, the togetherness and the atmosphere at the place,” said Abbott. “If he shows us enough then it is one where we need to see if we can make it happen.

“We’ve set down 14 days as a guide so we should know enough by then. He’s done a lot of the running work and games are coming thick and fast so we should have an answer and hopefully it will be a good one.

“We have extended a goodwill gesture to Danny as he is a local boy and a Carlisle fan. He has things happening but I said until they do he could train with us. If they break down, the goodwill gesture might work in our favour and he might consider us.

“Until he got his cruciate knee injury, he did really well at Hearts. At the minute we probably couldn’t afford Danny, but if he doesn’t get what he’s looking for, we might enter the race at some point.

“Danny is Cumbrian born and bred and is a big supporter of the club. He has one or two options and we are part of that.”

Carlisle could face competition from Doncaster and Oldham for trialist goalkeeper Robbie Thomson, who impressed during Saturday’s friendly.

Abbott said: “He played for Oldham on Friday night and has Doncaster to go to, and we have told him to keep all his options open. Unless we can give him a guaranteed yes or no, it’s not fair on the lad so he has to have options as well.

“He’s enjoyed it at Carlisle and he knows we need a number two keeper, which maybe puts us in the box position.

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