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INTERVIEW: Make a real impression

18 June 2013

David Amoo on signing for United

New signing David Amoo spoke today about his desire to knuckle down and earn a regular starting place now that his two-year deal with Carlisle United has been finalised.

The former-Liverpool, Preston and Tranmere wide man put pen-to-paper on his contract with the Cumbrians last week and immediately insisted that this was exactly the kind of challenge he was looking for.

“It’s fantastic to have this done,” he said. “I have two years here now and it’s a real opportunity to show everyone what I can do. 

“I’m grateful to the manager for having that kind of faith in me and now it’s up to me to repay that by getting out there and performing.”

“I do definitely feel like I’ve got something to prove,” he admitted.

“I haven’t nailed down a starting position at the other clubs I’ve been with and that’s something which has to happen for me here. I need to be playing consistently well and that’s where my focus will be. I’m just determined to push on and make a real impression.”

On what persuaded him to come to Brunton Park, he said: “Obviously you hear of other interest but I met up with the manager and I was really impressed with what he had to say. That was a great conversation and it was good of him to actually come and see me. 

“I knew I was going to sign after that and I’m pleased that we’ve got everything sorted.” 

“This has been ongoing for a while now,” he revealed. “My agent spoke to me a few weeks ago to say that Carlisle were interested and we arranged to meet up from there. 

“From that first meeting it’s just been about sorting out a date for me to sign. It’s been quite exciting for me, really, and it’s a club I’m really looking forward to coming to.”

“The manager told me that we have a good, young squad which really wants to push on,” he continued. “There are a lot of players in there who want to do well and progress and he wants me to be part of that. It sounds like it’s a good place to be and I’m looking forward to being involved.”

“The time I’ve already had at League One clubs can only help,” he said. “I’m at an age now where I’m ready to kick on and I want that to be with Carlisle United. 

“I was with Preston and Tranmere last season and I think I learned a lot during that time. Some things worked out for me and some things didn’t, but I know I’m going to be able to use the experience to help me going forward. Like I say, I want to get appearances under my belt and I can use the knowledge I’ve gained to help with that. 

“I’m determined to come in and make an impression and if I knuckle down and do the job I’m asked to do then that will happen to me.”

“I would describe myself as a winger with pace,” he told us. “I like to use my pace to get past players and I try to give the crowd something to cheer about. Scoring goals is something I definitely want to improve on and add to my game while I’m here. 

“I’m just as happy if I’m creating chances for others as well, but it’s always nice to chip in with a few. As long as we’re winning games then it doesn’t matter who it is getting the goals.”

With the contract signed and the stadium tour completed, next on the list is to get back for pre-season next week and get on with doing the job.

“I don’t really get too nervous when I come to a new club,” he told us. “It’s a new challenge and I just want to play football. It’s a whole bunch of new faces for me to meet but that’s not a bad thing. We’ll all have the same hope that the club will do well and I’m sure that’s how it will be.

“My aim is to come in and help the team play the kind of football the manager wants. I had a walk round the place last Friday and it looks like a good club. The pitch is magnificent and the whole club has a good feel to it. 

“It’s all about pre-season now and that can’t come quick enough for me. I’m looking forward to meeting the lads and getting on with helping the team to get where it wants to be.”

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