Paul Simpson says he will 'wait and see' how the goalkeeping situation at Carlisle United develops before deciding his next steps in the transfer market.

And he has also shed some light on the attributes that attracted him to Tomas Holy - who became the club's second summer signing last week.

With both Mark Howard and Magnus Norman having departed the club since the conclusion of the 2021/22 season, signing a new stopper was a priority for Simpson and recruitment chief Greg Abbott.

But having secured a move for 30-year-old Holy - who has penned a two-year-deal in Cumbria - Simpson is in no hurry to sign another senior goalkeeper, such is his optimism that his latest recruit can make a quick impression.

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So which traits have the Carlisle boss confident that the ex-Ipswich man can be a hit?

“I want a keeper who can make the saves and who can also dominate the 18-yard box, as well as get us moving once he has the ball in his hands," he said, speaking to the club's official website.

“With his presence and distribution I think Carlisle fans will take to him once they see the way that he can strike a ball in terms of getting it out to our own players.

“As a 30-year-old he’s still got a lot of football left in him and he’s got such a good pedigree. That started at an early age with his involvement in the Czech Republic national age groups, and with the clubs he subsequently played for.

“I’m really hoping he throws himself into it and shows us what it’s all about.

"At the moment, with him having joined us, I’m going to wait and see how that position develops."

The Blues can also call upon first-year professionals Gabriel Breeze and Scott Simons, who have graduated from the club's academy.

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