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CONTRACT: Striker stays with the Blues

Centre forward signs second short-term deal

4 January 2018

Carlisle United have today signed Sam Cosgrove on a short-term deal which keeps him at Brunton Park until the end of the current campaign.

Cosgrove, 21 last month, initially joined the Blues in August and has made eight appearances for the Blues so far.

He made his first start for the Cumbrians in Monday’s away fixture against Mansfield Town where he led the line and hit the inside of the post with a glanced header from a second half Hallam Hope delivery.

Manager Keith Curle said: “Sam has been chomping at the bit and he earned his chance to get a starting place with us last weekend.

“I thought he did very well and he was unlucky not to score. As we said when we signed him, he’s a player we feel could have a future in the game. He knows this is another opportunity to impress, and it’s up to him to force his way into the reckoning on a regular basis.

“He certainly has all of the attributes and it’s now a case of him continuing to develop his understanding of how we need him to play. He’s desperate to push on so it’s now over to him to make his way forward with us.”

Cosgrove cut his teeth with Wigan Athletic and enjoyed loan spells with Nantwich, Barrow, Chorley and North Ferriby during his time with the Latics.

He earned a professional contract when his scholarship ended at Wigan, but was released at the end of the last campaign. He spent the summer period on trial with the Cumbrians and impressed with his attitude and approach as he played his part in five of United’s pre-season friendly fixtures.

This deal remains subject to the clearance of all relevant paperwork.

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