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MANAGER: He's another one we're really pleased to have on board

Steven Pressley on the arrival of winger Nathan Thomas

30 January 2019

Winger Nathan Thomas was part of a flurry of transfer activity on Tuesday afternoon which saw United complete three signings in the space of a hectic 60 minutes as boss Steven Pressley continues to strengthen his squad ahead of Thursday night’s 11pm deadline.

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Speaking about his new wide man, the manager said: “He’s a wide striker, that’s certainly how I would describe him.

“He played that position at Hartlepool, where he had his real fruitful spell of scoring and creating goals. He played on the right-hand side of a front three where he would cut in on his left or right foot and shoot.

“That’s the kind of position we see him coming here to occupy. He’s very quick, he’s direct and he does have goals in him, because when you’re playing in that position you must contribute goals to the team.”

“He’s another one we’re really pleased to have on board,” he added. “With the way we play, speed is a big factor in the success we’ve had, so when you recruit you need to find the players who suit the way you play.

“I think he’s been utilised in a number of positions this season, and he hasn’t really played the position I’ve described as a right-sided striker of a three. He hasn’t had a consistent period of games where I think his best position is, so we think he’ll be effective there for us.

“He’s another one who had other options but he’s another who chose to come to Carlisle, and that in itself is a big plus for us.

“Formation and the style you’re going to play in has to suit the player. That’s a key factor and, with no criticism of Notts County intended at all, he told me he’d played in a number of different positions where he wasn’t quite comfortable.

“I’ve spoken to him about where he’s going to play and it’s where he really likes to play. It’s where he had the most fruitful part of his career and I can see that excites him.”

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