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INTERVIEW: I said yes right away

27 September 2013

Conor Townsend on what he wants from his loan spell

Left back Conor Townsend signed a two-month extension to his existing loan contract on Thursday morning which keeps him at Brunton Park until the end of November this year.

We spoke to him about it ahead of the Friday training session.

“I’m very happy to have signed for longer,” he said. “The first month has gone well for me and the last couple of results have picked everyone up. Hopefully we can get another good win on Saturday to continue that.

“It’s really encouraging for me that the club want me to stay for a longer spell. I’m enjoying being part of it all and the aim has to be for me to try and get more games.”

“It was a difficult time for all of us at the start of the month,” he admitted. “The gaffer left after my first game, so that made things a little bit rough. It was a completely new experience for me because I haven’t been at a club when a manager has left before. 

“Credit to the lads because we knew we had to deal with it and pick ourselves up. We did that and we’ve managed to move things on. We all got behind Kav [Graham Kavanagh] and the coaching staff and they have been fantastic with us.”

On settling in, he said: “The lads have been an absolute pleasure to play with. We’re confident that we can win or get something from every game we go into and we’re really looking forward to playing at the moment. 

“I’m also happy with my performances, but I still think I can get better. I want to keep improving and I’m grateful to Carlisle United for giving me the chance to do that. Hopefully I can pick up even more experience over the next two months.

“I do know the lads really well now, and that helps. I live with a few of them in the club house and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with them so far.” 

“Graham Kavanagh spoke to me and asked me if I wanted to stay, and I said yes right away,” he told us. 

“He then spoke to Steve Agnew at Hull and he confirmed that they were happy for me to stay. That was all I needed to know and I signed straight after that conversation.”

“The immediate target is for the team to get three wins in a row this weekend,” he said. “It’s something which hasn’t happened at the club for a while, so that would be very good. 

“After that, and on a personal level, it’s to make sure that I keep playing. If I do that then it means I’ll be improving all the time. 

“I just want to play a part in helping the team to keep moving up the table.”

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