Jayden Harris says Carlisle United’s faith in his ability gives him all the confidence he needs to be a success at Brunton Park.

The 22-year-old midfielder sealed a move from Aldershot this week on a three-year deal.

And Harris, for whom United paid an undisclosed fee, says the offer of such a long-term contract says a lot about the Blues’ intentions.

“It’s reassurance – and it’s given me a lot of confidence too,” said Carlisle’s ninth summer signing.

“They actually see a lot in me. And that’s more than enough to help me kick on.”

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Former Fulham academy player Harris says he is excited to be a United player after admitting the move happened quickly.

“I never really expected it to be honest,” he said. “I was shocked and surprised, really.

News and Star: Harris came through the ranks at Fulham (photo: PA)Harris came through the ranks at Fulham (photo: PA)

“I was walking out of my barbers and I got a call from my agent, and he told me that Carlisle were interested in buying me.

“My first thought was, ‘Just get it done’. The moment I heard it’s League Two, I said that it’s a step up and it’s the risk I’m willing to take. I have to back myself.

“I’m very excited. Even though I’m far from home my job is to play football. That’s all I want to do. And it’s League Two, and I’m excited for the challenge.”

Harris came through the ranks at Fulham and played for the club’s Under-23s before making a permanent move to National League club Aldershot last year.

His team-mates at Fulham included current United loan man Sonny Hilton, who Harris spoke to before sealing his own move north.

“It was good playing with him,” said the midfielder. “We used to link up all the time in training and matches, and it will be good to link up with him here.

“He said the players here are good lads, the training’s good, and the place is nice. I can see that as well – I went for a couple of walks yesterday – so I can see it myself.

“I think I learned everything at Fulham, to be honest. From 14s to 18s…anything that I can do now I learned it all from Fulham.”

Harris is described as a box-to-box midfielder, and he says Paul Simpson wants him to bring all the qualities to United which he showed in non-league’s top tier last season.

“At Aldershot I feel the important thing for me was the freedom I had on the pitch to express what I could do,” he said.

“I had two managers there. With the first, I had a lot of freedom, and then the second manager came in and had to drill his tactics into us. It was a bit rocky at first and I was sent out on loan, but when I came back I hit the ground running and started to express the type of player I am, and I think that’s what’s got me here.

“My favourite thing is to make tackles and drive with the ball, but also be creative in and around the box. I feel like I can do a bit of everything to be honest.

“The manager [Simpson] said he just wants me to bring my energy and hunger that I can see out on the pitch. Affecting the team with my actions. That’s the way I like to…not lead the team as such, but bring the energy, with tackles, interceptions and driving up the pitch.

“He said to bring that. If you’re playing for a manager who wants you it can bring the best out of you.

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“He said just to come in and just try and work my way into the starting line-up. I’m not guaranteed anything, I have to work my way in, which is what I expected anyway.”

Harris said he is a better player for learning the hard realities of first-team football last season.

“In the National League people are playing for their lives. In the Under-23s, if you lose you lose. But National League on a match day…it was do or die,” he said.

“I think it will be a big step up [to League Two], but once I’m up there I’ll just block the noise out and play football.”

Harris’s final competitive game for Aldershot at the end of last season saw him score a brilliant solo goal.

“That was a good way to end the season,” he said. “After a long relegation battle, I feel like that goal…was a long time coming.

“I only scored two goals last season but I had a lot of chances. I felt as I grew into the season I got more chances. I feel like if I play that here the goals will start rolling in.”

Harris is now hoping to make his first outing for the Cumbrians at Colchester United this weekend. “I just want to make that EFL debut and get started,” he said. “I can’t wait.”