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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

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I am aiming to stay as number one, Adam Collin tells Carlisle Utd reserve keepers

Carlisle United keeper Adam Collin today warned young pretenders Mark Gillespie and Aaran Taylor he isn’t ready to surrender his No1 shirt.

Adam Collin photo
Adam Collin

Boss Greg Abbott has challenged Gillespie to show he’s good enough to crank up the pressure on Collin, while Taylor is hoping to secure full-time deal after joining the Blues on trial after seeing out his contract at Workington Reds.

All three keepers are expected to get a chance to shine during United’s pre-season campaign,which starts on Friday when they travel to Kendal Town for a friendly.

But Collin, who has been ever-present for the past two seasons, is determined to see off competition, and continue the form which has seen the 27-year-old Cumbrian attract interest from a host of Championship clubs.

“It is my aim to start the season in the team and play every game,” he said.

“I certainly don’t want to be sat on the bench or the treatment room.

“It is rarer these days for players to be ever-present as a lot of players pick up niggling injuries but I’ve managed to steer clear of them and been consistent enough for the manager to keep me in the team.

“I don’t want that to change and it is up to me to make sure I stay in the team. I still have to stay on my toes and I have to put in performances in training and in games.

“I want to play at the highest level I can so there are personal reasons as well for me wanting to stay in the team.”

Taylor quit Reds at the end of an impressive season, in which he kept 10 clean sheets, in an attempt to break into professional football with Carlisle.

Like Taylor, Collin first joined the Blues on trial from Workington, before signing a full-time deal three years ago.

After taking over the goalkeeper’s gloves from Lenny Pidgeley, the former Newcastle United youngster has gone on to make 143 appearances for Carlisle, and he believes Taylor is good enough to follow in his footsteps.

Collin said: “I’ve known Aaran for a long time. When he was at Newton Rigg college I used to go in and coach him and he was my No2 at Workington.

“He always had a lot of potential and he deserves a chance to show what he is capable of.”

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