More from Luke Joyce on signing for UnitedIn the second part of this interview Luke Joyce looks back at his first spell at United and ahead to meeting his new team mates when the group get back together for pre-season training.
"I was sent out on loan during my last six months at the club last time and I think that did me the world of good," he said. "My experiences at Barrow and Northwich were great because I'd never played Conference football.
"I then came back to Carlisle and it was clear I wasn't really in Greg Abbott's plans. Andy Preece took me to Northwich and I can honestly say I really enjoyed it. Simon Grand was there at the time and I think we were pretty much relegated already, but to go there and play football was important.
"I didn't have a fantastic three years at Carlisle if we're being completely honest," he admitted. "I loved it at the club but I wasn't breaking any records out on the pitch, or anything like that.
And on his return to a place he knows well, he said: "I know the environment and I know the city. My wife knows the place and we've still got friends who live up there.
"I don't really know many of the players but I've obviously played against a lot of them in the past. It will be a different experience for me walking into a new changing room but I won't be going into it totally blind. Like I say, I know how the club works and I'm sure I'll settle quickly."
"Keith didn't have to say a great deal to sell the move to me," he told us. "Everything he said about what he wants me to do for the team, and how he wants us to play, was what I wanted to hear.
"Accrington offered me a three year deal and they were desperate for me to stay, which I really appreciated," he added. "I had the potential of going on to get a testimonial there, which would have meant a lot, and that was another reason why I might have tried to stay.
"With all of that on the table I still feel this is the right move for me and for my career. It's a two year deal and if I play so many games in the second year it becomes a third year. To have that level of security is great.
"The challenge we've had at Accrington ever since I got there has, first and foremost, been to make sure the club stays in the Football League. Over the last few years we've had a good enough squad to do better than that, and the club seems to survive every year which is great.
"At a club like Carlisle you have got to have serious ambitions to be at the top end of the table. I'd love for us to do that and I want to play my part in it. We won League Two last time I was here but, as I say, I didn't get involved as much as I wanted to. Seeing and being part of the celebrations was amazing and I think it's something we can aim for again."
Having taken the first step of getting the finer details of the contract agreed, the next step will be when the lads get back together for pre-season at the end of next month.
"I always keep myself in good nick so I don't mind the running. I do quite well with it because part of my game is getting up and down the pitch. You have to be fit to do that. I think every player knows that you have to come back fit rather than expect to be given time to get fit.
"It will feel like I'm coming home. It's probably one of the only other League Two clubs I would have left Accrington for. It was such a hard decision to leave but to be coming back to somewhere like Carlisle is going to be nice. I'm looking forward to the new challenge and to making a lot of new friends, as well as seeing a few of the familiar faces."