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Monday, 20 October 2014

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Kavanagh aiming to bring new striker in to Carlisle Utd

Gary Dicker and Alex Marrow are ready to rejoin Carlisle United’s pre-season build-up – as boss Graham Kavanagh tries to clinch the signing of a new number 10.

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Graham Kavanagh

The injured midfield duo are back in training today and could be involved in United’s penultimate friendly at Dumbarton tomorrow night.

Their return is timely as Kavanagh seeks to fine-tune his side ahead of the big League Two kick-off against Luton in 12 days’ time.

And the manager is stepping up efforts to add a new centre-forward to his options for the league opener.

He has identified an experienced target and has already tabled an offer via the player’s agent.

Kavanagh is expecting to hear more on the pursuit today but said it could take several days to get the deal done.

“The agent said he would ring me [today] and I’ve got one or two people working on it as well, to encourage the player to come,” Kavanagh said.

“If I get the opportunity I will look to meet him and see if we can get it over the line.”

The Carlisle boss added “If it’s going to get done it will probably be by the end of the week, but I’m very hopeful.”

In the meantime, the Blues manager is relieved to have Dicker and Marrow back in the reckoning.

Ex-Brighton and Crawley man Dicker, who has missed two weeks with a thigh injury, joined in the pre-match warm-ups before Saturday’s 2-0 win at Workington Reds.

Former Blackburn midfielder Marrow, meanwhile, has missed the last three friendlies with a minor hamstring problem and then a dental abscess which kept him out of the Borough Park victory.

Kavanagh said: “Gary and Alex are nearly there and they will train [today],” he said.

“That means we will get the group back together and give us the chance to have a look at how we will set up on Tuesday.”

Kavanagh will also have keeper Dan Hanford back today with the new signing having spent the last few days in Malta.His last club was Floriana and the Welshman has been sorting out his house move from the country.

Striker Mark Beck is being assessed after a nasty clash of heads with Reds captain Dan Wordsworth forced him to be substituted on Saturday.

Kavanagh said he was pleased with Carlisle’s second-half improvement at Borough Park in a win which saw Josh Gillies and Courtney Meppen-Walter on target.

He said: “Workington were excellent and gave us a really good workout.

“I wasn’t particularly pleased with the first half – we didn’t move the ball quickly enough.

“We addressed that at half-time and played a lot better.”

The game was marked by a minute’s silence for former Workington defender Brian Wood and long-serving Reds supporter Brian Walker.

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