Shrews defender extends loan stay
Carlisle United have today agreed a loan extension with Shrewsbury Town defender Mark Ellis which keeps him at Brunton Park until 2 January 2016.
Ellis, 27, joined United at the end of October and has made six appearances for the Blues so far, which included an excellent FA Cup performance at his home-town club Plymouth in just his second outing for the club.
Manager Keith Curle said: "Mark has settled well here and he's a player who looks like he's enjoying his football.
"He's versatile and has shown us he is able to play as part of a back three, four or five. He was with a team which got promoted out of this division last season and he has a good amount of experience in a key position on the pitch.
"He's said himself that he thinks there's even more to come and he's the type of character we want to have around. We like having him here as much as he likes being here and this spell gives him a real chance to stake a claim to get more games under his belt."
Ellis started his career with a three-month loan deal at Torquay, from parent club Bolton, which turned into a permanent move in the summer of 2008.
Over 100 appearances and four years followed with the Gulls, which included a short loan spell with Forest Green Rovers in 2009.
He made the move to Crewe in 2012 and became a regular with the Alex through his two-year stay. He then signed for the Shrews in May 2014 where he helped them back to promotion to League One at the first attempt.