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LOAN: Striker stays until end of loan spell

8 January 2016

Bury forward extends loan spell

Carlisle United have today agreed a loan extension with Bury Football Club for forward Hallam Hope which keeps him at Brunton Park until 22 January 2016, which takes him to the end of the short-term loan deal period of 93 days.

Hope, 21, initially joined United on a one-month loan deal at the end of October and has made three appearances for the Cumbrians so far. 

He bagged the goal which sealed the win in the FA Cup first round away victory against Plymouth but has been recovering from an ankle injury picked up during that game in recent weeks.

Manager Keith Curle said: "I’ve said this before, but Hallam is a player who has qualities and attributes we like. He's been frustrated recently but he’s working hard on his ankle rehab to get back to where he wants to be, which is playing regular games.

"He's at a point now where he just wants to be out there and showing people what he can do. He’s a player who adds to our options and we’re hoping he’ll be past his injury worries and ready to kick on with us through this next period at the very least.

"We're now keeping him until the end of the 93-day loan spell and we can look at things again once when we reach that point."

Hope started his career when he moved to Everton from Manchester City as a youngster and had loan spells with Northampton, Sheffield Wednesday and Bury (twice) whilst still with the Toffees.

His move to Bury became permanent when he signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Shakers in January 2015. 

He has represented England at the U16, U17, U18 and U19 levels.

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