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Taiwo and Michalik quit Carlisle Utd - but three to stay

Popular midfielder Tom Taiwo today dramatically quit Carlisle United along with Lubo Michalik - but the Blues' other out-of-contract players are set to stay.

Manager Greg Abbott revealed today that Taiwo had rejected a new deal at Brunton Park.

He now leaves Brunton Park along with Slovakian international defender Michalik, who has also turned down United's contract offer.

But Abbott disclosed better news when he said James Berrett, Frank Simek and Peter Murphy were all on the brink of signing new contracts.

The trio have agreed their deals in principle and United hope to announce the completion of the deals in the coming days.

The United manager said Taiwo's decision was made for family reasons as the tough-tackling player, who recently became a father, wanted to find a club closer to his native Yorkshire.

Carlisle will be entitled to compensation when he finds a new club due to his age, 22.

Abbott said he had met Taiwo face to face on several occasions in recent weeks but now had reluctantly to accept his decision.

The Blues manager added that Michalik - a target for Hibs and Preston - had informed him of his intentions to leave shortly after the end of the 2011/12 season.

But the United boss was delighted to report that influential midfielder Berrett, who has scored 10 goals in each of the last two seasons, was set to commit his future to the Blues.

Long-serving Murphy will prolong his stay into an eleventh year when he completed his new deal, while American right-back Simek is ready to sign up for a third season with the Cumbrians.

*See www.newsandstar.co.uk at 3pm for more breaking news from United.


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