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CONTRACT: Striker leaves club as contract comes to a close

Locally-born forward moves on

11 January 2018

Carlisle United can confirm that striker Steven Rigg has left the club this week on conclusion of his short-term contract.

Rigg, 25, rejoined United on a short-term deal in October last year having trained with the club as he recovered from a cruciate ligament injury. He made four appearances for the Blues, all from the bench, in his second spell for the club.

Manager Keith Curle said: “Steven has an excellent attitude and we were more than happy to have him around the club as he recovered and kicked on from his injury.

“He’s an extremely hard worker and he integrated well with the group. Unfortunately he wasn’t getting the pitch time he needs here with us, but his fitness levels are back up there and he’s had the benefit of being within a first team environment.

“I’ve said it before, but he’s a great lad and he moves on with our very best wishes.”

The locally-born forward initially signed for United in July 2014 on a one-year deal, but this was quickly extended by a further twelve months when Keith Curle took over the managerial reins later that year.

He scored nine goals in 36 appearances in his two-year spell before making the move north of the border to join Queen of the South in the summer of 2016. He scored twice in 16 appearances for the Doonhamers before picking up a nasty knee injury.

Having cut his teeth with his home town club as a youngster he joined Penrith in 2012 and grabbed an amazing 64 goals from his two-year stay at Frenchfield Park.

This included a post-war Penrith record of 35 goals during the 2013/14 campaign, a feat which earned him an invitation to join United on trial at the beginning of their 2014/15 pre-season campaign.

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