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CONTRACTS: Asamoah signs short-term deal

26 June 2015

Striker Derek Asamoah signs six-month deal with Carlisle United

Carlisle United have today signed striker Derek Asamoah on a short-term deal which keeps him at Brunton Park until 29 December 2015.

Asamoah, 34, scored five goals in 28 appearances for the Cumbrians and was man of the match in the battling away display at Burton which all-but secured United’s league status for the coming campaign.

Manager Keith Curle said: “Derek was actually ready to sign his contract when he got back to the club on Thursday morning so there were never any real issues.

“We had a few minor negotiations that needed to be ironed out and that's always done better face-to-face.

“It’s a short-term deal because I know he needs to be hungry if I’m going to get the best out of him. This type of deal gives him that extra edge.” 

Ghanaian born Asamoah has a wealth of experience having played in England, Scotland, France and, most recently, in South Korea with Pohang Steelers and Daegu FC. 

He 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 last summer.

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