Callum Guy says he wants to get off to a flier at Carlisle United as he prepares to start his Blues career.

Guy, who joined from Blackpool yesterday, could be in the squad to face Mansfield tomorrow.

The midfielder signed on an 18-month deal, having previously felt he may have ended up heading out on loan from Bloomfield Road.

He was described as a “marquee signing” by Carlisle head coach Chris Beech and the 23-year-old is desperate to impress.

Guy said: “I’m pleased I signed permanently so I can get settled in and hopefully get off to a flier whenever the gaffer picks me.

“I just want to give my all for the team and the fans, and hopefully it can work out well.

“I’ve played a few games this season already, so I won’t be short of match fitness. I’m a high-energy player so I’ve got to make sure I’m at the top of my game fitness-wise.

“If needs be [this weekend] I’ll definitely be ready.”

Guy will be competing with the likes of Mike Jones, Elliot Watt, Mo Sagaf, Stefan Scougall and Jack Bridge for a central midfield place.

The former League One player insists he will be taking nothing for granted.

He said: “It’s what you want as a player – the competition.

“You shouldn’t want to be complacent and just know you’re gonna play, you need that competition behind you to push you.

“The competition makes you a better player, you know you’re fighting for your place and not settled down.

“There are some top players at Carlisle; I wouldn’t have moved here otherwise. I’m not expecting to walk straight in the team, I’m gonna work hard in training on and off the pitch, and when I do get my chance, whether starting or off the bench, I’m gonna work hard and give everything.

“Hopefully I can get consistent performances and game time – that’s really important for my age, to be playing constantly.

“And you never know, a few good results can take you anywhere. Leagues Two and One show that – you put a few good results together, which we have started to do, and you don’t know where you can end up.”

Guy says that, as United followed up their interest, he kept an eye on events at Forest Green on Tuesday, where Beech’s side enjoyed an impressive 4-1 win.

That and the previous victory over Walsall featured fellow new boy Nick Anderton, a former Blackpool team-mate.

Guy said: “There’s been some new signings and I spoke to Nick when the interest came about.

“He said things are on the up here, you can see that in the last couple of results, some good performances and wins.”

Guy said conversations with Beech convinced him to join United, with the midfielder having played against the Cumbrians this season in the Trophy.

He added: “They played some good stuff [that night] and it’s a club I admire.

“They get some good crowds as well, they’ve got a good fanbase, good turnouts for the games, they put a really good atmosphere on, and in the end it was a no-brainer.”