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LOAN: Bees midfielder buzzes in

Season-long loan deal for versatile defensive midfielder

1 August 2019

Carlisle United are delighted to confirm that versatile midfielder Canice Carroll has today joined the club on a season-long loan deal.

Carroll, 20, came through the youth system with his hometown club Oxford United and has been capped at every level from under-17 to under-21 for the Republic of Ireland. He was nominated for the International U17 Player of the Year award in 2016.

He made a total of 25 appearances for the U’s at the Kassam Stadium, scoring once, before being snapped up by Championship outfit Brentford for undisclosed fee at the beginning of the 2018/19 season.

A half-season loan spell with Swindon between January and June 2019 saw him score once in 17 games for the Robins.

Manager Steven Pressley said: “Canice is a player who gives us the option to use him in a number of positions but his main position for us, as I see it, is in the midfield area.

“Again, he’s comfortable in several of the midfield positions, and I see him as a 6 or an 8. He’s different to the other players we have in that he provides us with greater physicality.

“With the successful loan spell he’s had at Swindon last year he knows the level, and he comes to us in good shape having been part of Brentford’s summer preparations. The other important thing is that we know he’s a terrific character, so he’ll fit in quickly with the dressing room, which is what we need.”

“He’s been a player we’ve targeted for some time,” he continued. “He’s in that mould of player where he’s at an age where he really wants to prove himself. He’s coming here at the right time, he’s hungry and, when you add the international appearances to the mix, he has a lot of good experience behind him for his age.

“I think this is a very good signing for the club and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

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

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