Paul Simpson is relishing the chance to work with Sonny Hilton again - after making the midfielder his third summer signing at Carlisle United.

The 21-year-old has joined the Blues from Fulham on a season-long loan deal, and follows Tomas Holy and Owen Moxon through the door at Brunton Park.

Simpson has previously coached the youngster during his time working in England's youth setup.

Hilton arrives in Cumbria after a stellar season with the Cottagers' under-23 side, as he captained the side to the Premier League 2 Division 2 title while scoring nine goals and providing 12 assists.

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And Simpson believes his desire to progress as a player could serve Carlisle well - as too could his versatility across the midfield.

“Everything about him points to a player who wants to kick on,” he said, speaking to Carlisle's official website.

“He was at Tranmere, in their Centre of Excellence, but the chance to go on trial in London didn’t bother him at all.

“He went down to Fulham and he’s been over to Finland, because he just wants to progress. He’s been with Fulham for seven years now, and he had that loan spell abroad as well.

“A few injury problems meant that didn’t go the way he would have wanted it to, but last season was a strong one for him, and we’re hoping he can come here and kick on and add to what we already have in the squad.

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“He played as a central midfielder for me with England in a tournament we had against France and Belgium, and he stood out against some really talented players.

“He can play wide on the right, or as a number 10, so he brings options and different capabilities. I’m really looking forward to working with him again.”

And Simpson also believes that Hilton will bring a good attitude to Brunton Park, in what is his first loan spell in the EFL.

"Another good thing is that he’s a character,” he added.

“He’s got a bit about him, he’s not afraid to say his piece, and I am glad that we’ve got this one over the line.

“It’s a great opportunity for him that I think he’ll relish, so let’s see what he can do at football league level.”