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CONTRACT: Striker extends stay

4 November 2014

Derek Asamoah extends stay with club until January

Carlisle United Football Club can confirm that striker Derek Asamoah has agreed an extension to his current deal which keeps him at Brunton Park until 4 January 2015. 

Ghanaian born Asamoah, 33, teamed up with the Cumbrians shortly after manager Keith Curle took post and signed an initial one month contract with the club at the beginning of November. 

He has made three appearances from the bench since joining the club and has scored twice, bagging a late goal in the home game against Burton and a dramatic late winner in the 2-1 victory over Oxford.

Manager Keith Curle said: “We know where we are with Derek and we’ve seen what he can bring to the squad.

“He isn’t the type of player who wants a contract based on bit part appearances. He wants a little bit of stability and he now has an opportunity to really get going and hopefully build up his minutes on the pitch. 

“I know him really well and I signed him in the past when his match fitness was completely there. He can cause all kinds of problems with his movement and know-how when he’s firing on all cylinders. He’s showing us more every day and we’re looking forward to seeing what he can produce as he goes on from here.”

Asamoah started his career with the Protec Football Academy in North London and spent his football apprenticeship with Hampton and Richmond Borough before signing for Slough Town in 2001. He was spotted by scouts as he registered a number of impressive displays and earned a trial, and subsequently his first professional deal, with Northampton Town that same year. 

Moves to Mansfield and Lincoln followed, but it was 8 goals in 17 games in a loan spell with Chester City which caught the eye of Shrewsbury Town. He bagged 11 goals in 48 outings for the Shrews before his move to OSG Nice brought him two years in French football.

He had a brief spell with Hamilton in 2009 before making a permanent move to sign for Lokomotiv Sofia in Bulgaria in time for the start of their season that year. He joined the Pohang Steelers, billed as the most successful club in Asia, in 2011 and made over 100 appearances with two clubs in South Korea before returning to England during the summer.

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