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CONTRACTS: Defender moves on by mutual consent

19 January 2017

Right back David Atkinson leaves United

Carlisle United Football Club can confirm that defender David Atkinson has left the club today by mutual consent.

The former-Boro academy product initially joined United on an emergency loan deal in March 2015. He made a total of 37 appearances for the Blues in his near two-year stay which included two from the bench this season.

He joined Northern Premier Division outfit Blyth Spartans on-loan in December 2016 and this was extended at the start of this month following a successful four-week spell.

Manager Keith Curle said: “David is a great lad but, with the additions we’ve made to the squad, he hasn’t been able to get the game time he wants and needs with us this season.

“He knows we’re going through a progressive stage as a football club and he wants to give himself the best opportunity to kick his own career on. He’s a good lad and a really hard worker and he’s desperate to be involved.

“We wish him all the very best as he moves on to the next step of his footballing career.”

Shildon-born Atkinson, 23, joined Middlesbrough as an eight year old and earned a place in Aitor Karanka's first team squad late in the 2013/14 season. He spent a month on loan at Hartlepool in September 2014.

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