Club captain Danny Grainger signs contract extension
Carlisle United captain Danny Grainger has today signed a contract extension which keeps him at Brunton Park until 30 June 2017.
Grainger, 29, joined United in the summer of 2014 on an initial one-year deal. He very quickly earned an extension, in November that year, which extended his stay with the Cumbrians until the end of the current season.
He has made a total of 69 appearances and scored 8 goals for the Blues so far.
Manager Keith Curle said: “I think I’m the same as a lot of our fans who are saying that we’re now seeing the Danny Grainger we knew was potentially in there. He is playing with a huge amount of confidence and responsibility and he’s showing us his ability in every game, rather than in fits, starts and flashes.
“He’s brought consistency into his performance levels and the passion he has for his club and his game is there for all to see. He’s a player who has really bought into what the new regime wanted to bring to the football club and he’s really enjoying the added responsibility he’s been given with the captain’s armband.
“In terms of how he’s performing, we’ve got him playing to his strengths and he’s flourishing because of it. He identifies completely with what we want our group and the individuals within it to be. We want to be professional and we want to have an air of arrogance and confidence out on the pitch. We also want a determination to succeed. Danny has all of those attributes in abundance.”
The versatile left-sided player spent the first part of his career north of the border, but had a spell with United as part of the Centre of Excellence programme in his junior days.
The Penrith-born defender has enjoyed spells with Gretna, Brechin (loan), Dundee United, St Johnstone, Hearts and St Mirren during his 12-year stay in Scotland and had a short trial period at Brunton Park in the pre-season of 2013 before he eventually joined Dunfermline.