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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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JP McGovern ready to quit Carlisle United

Jon-Paul McGovern is on the brink of a shock departure from Carlisle United.

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Jon-Paul McGovern

In the surprise transfer move of the summer so far at Brunton Park, the wide man has emerged as a target for League Two side Rotherham and clubs in his Scottish homeland.

And News & Star Sport understands the 31-year-old is close to leaving the Blues after just one season.

The experienced McGovern, a key player during last season’s play-off push, has a year left on the two-year deal he signed after moving from Swindon last summer.

It is understood matters have developed quickly and that McGovern has even met Rotherham boss Steve Evans for talks.

That suggests United are willing to allow McGovern to leave – a move which will surprise fans after the impact the ex-Sheffield Wednesday man had last term.

The Blues today refused to confirm or deny that McGovern was on his way out. Media officer Andy Hall would only say: “He [McGovern] is a Carlisle United player and has a year on his contract. As far as we are concerned, that’s it.”

The Glaswegian player started 44 games and made six sub appearances for Carlisle last season, scoring five goals. He developed a close bond with fellow Scots Lee Miller and Rory Loy in a three-man attack. His loss would leave manager Greg Abbott with another gap to fill in a squad already deprived of Francois Zoko and Tom Taiwo after they rejected new deals.

The Blues' boss has so far made one summer recruit in Notts County defender Mike Edwards, who replaced Lubo Michalik after the Slovakian also turned down a new contract.

United will tomorrow learn their first opponents of the 2012/13 season when the first-round draw for the Capital One Cup.

The newly-sponsored League Cup sees Carlisle seeded in the northern section along with 10 Championship clubs.

The unseeded clubs – this is the only regionalised round – include derby rivals Preston and League new boys Fleetwood and York. The draw is made at 10am with the tie likely to be played on Tuesday, August 14, four days before the opening day of the League One campaign.

League fixtures are revealed next Monday.

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