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CONTRACT: Winger makes the long move north

Former-Reggae Boyz member joins the Blues

1 February 2018

Carlisle United have today signed former-Jamaican international midfielder Jamal Campbell-Ryce on a permanent deal which keeps him at Brunton Park until the end of the season.

Campbell-Ryce, 34, was most recently with Barnet and scored five goals in 58 appearances during an 18-month stay with the Bees.

Manager Keith Curle said: "He'll bring creativity and he's got the ability to be a link player. He's got a wealth of experience and he brings dynamics to the team we've been missing since Nicky Adams got injured. 

"He can create goal-scoring opportunities for others in a split second and he knows the areas of the pitch he can be most effective in. He's still got the yard of pace which is needed to get away from somebody in the final third, and he's a model professional. 

"I worked with him at Notts County and he was part of a very successful team which just missed out on the play-offs. I've always had a good relationship with him and I've stayed in contact. We played a style of football which brought the best out of him and he enjoyed his football."

Lambeth-born Campbell Ryce started his career with Charlton and had loan spells with Leyton Orient, Wimbledon and Chesterfield during his three-year stay at The Valley.

He joined Rotherham on a free transfer in November 2004, then moved to Southend in the summer 2006 via a loan stay with Colchester United.

A three-year stay with Barnsley followed, where he scored 13 goals in just over 100 appearances, and that prompted a January 2010 transfer window move to Bristol City where he went on to play 65 games.

His career path then took him to Notts County, Chesterfield, Leyton Orient and Sheffield United before he moved back to London and the New Hive in August 2016.

Campbell-Ryce made 18 appearances for his country and featured in World Cup qualifying campaigns for the Reggae Boyz.

This transfer remains subject to the clearance of all necessary paperwork.


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