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CONTRACT: Forward stays until end of season

5 February 2015

Striker Derek Asamoah extends until end of season

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 the end of the current campaign - subject to the completion of all paperwork.

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 fifteen appearances since joining the club and has scored five goals – all of which came in his first six outings for the Blues.

Manager Keith Curle said: “Derek reminded us again on Saturday about what he can bring to the squad when he’s firing on all cylinders.

“He wants to play football and his contract is designed to help to get the best out of him. I know what he can bring when he’s on his game and I’m sure he will have his part to play between now and the end of the season.

"We've looked at the contract and we've structured things to make sure he stays hungry, because he is a real asset when he is up for it and raring to go.”

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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