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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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No rush on trialists decision says Carlisle Utd manager

Carlisle United boss Greg Abbott won’t rush into making decisions about his trialists despite their dazzling displays in their 5-0 win at Workington Reds.

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Mark Kerr

Scottish duo Jim McAlister and Mark Kerr were the latest trialists to be given an opportunity to shine in last night’s friendly at Borough Park.

The pair pushed their claims for a chance at Carlisle, along with teenage Darlington midfielder Dale Hopson, former Cardiff City full-back Jonathan Meades and ex-Monza defender Alessio Bugno.

Abbott admitted he was hugely impressed with their impact, but they will have to go on sweating over whether he will offer them contracts.

All five are set to be named in Saturday’s side to face Barrow in their third pre-season friendly.

“I’m not making any rush decisions because I’ve been really pleased with them,” said Abbott. “I’m hoping they are all around for Saturday so we can have another two days of training and see them on in the game before we are pushed into action to make a decision.

“It’s doubtful any more trialists will come in before Saturday. We’ve got what we want and we think we know what we are looking for.

“We’re really pleased with what we’ve got and we will try to make the squad as strong as we can, whether it’s with one of the trialists or another avenue.

“All the players have done really, really well and I have a lot of selection problems at the minute. The ones who were pushing for a place last season have done very well, along with the young players coming through.

“I can sleep well at the moment because this is a better selection problem to have when you are searching for a team and a squad.

“Everybody to a man is doing really well and that’s a great thing for a manager.”

Meanwhile, Workington Reds manager Darren Edmondson revealed he may turn to Carlisle United again for loan players next season after being impressed with the Blues youngsters.

Teenage striker Mark Beck, who was on loan at Reds last season, scored United’s opening goal, before fellow Brunton babe David Symington hit two goals against his home-town club just after the break. Danny Cadamarteri and Andy Welsh were also on target.

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