Carlisle United are delighted to announce that keeper Adam Collin has agreed a new deal which keeps him at Brunton Park until the end of the 2019/20 season.
Collin, 34, who had an extension clause activated by the club in March during what was an excellent season for the big stopper, has been in recent talks with director of football David Holdsworth, with an agreement reached late this afternoon.
A stunning campaign earned him a total of five awards last weekend, including the News & Star Readers’ Player of the Year award, and the same accolade from CUOSC, CUSAT, the London Branch and the club’s season ticket holders.
Manager Steven Pressley said: “This is fantastic news for the club. We had the trigger clause in his contract, but he’s obviously been in talks with David and it’s good for us that they’ve found a solution.
“It’s really positive news and a great bit of business for the club. He made a huge impact with both the way he played and how he conducted himself last season, and some of his performances were top class.
“A big part of becoming a good keeper is being able to deal with the psychological aspects of some of the situations you find yourself in, and Adam is an experienced keeper who is very comfortable in how he goes about things.
“That gives him confidence and assurance in everything he does, and that is then reflected in how he plays when he goes out onto the pitch.
“In terms of what we’re looking to put together for next season, this is superb for us. The one thing you want as a manager is a solid base to build from, and knowing that Adam will be with us is a big part of that jigsaw already in place.”
Director of football David Holdsworth said: “We’re delighted that Adam is staying with us. He’s been reliable and dependable and I know the staff have really enjoyed working with him.
“It’s another of the building blocks confirmed for next season and we now continue the hard work to bring in players with similar qualities to Adam so that we can develop a squad which will compete and help to push the club forward.”
Head of goalkeeping Craig Wight said: “It’s a big statement of the club’s intent for next season to have such an influential player stay with us.
“It’s been a pleasure working alongside him and helping him to achieve what he has over this past season, and I’m looking forward to working with him again through what we hope will be another good campaign.”
The Cumbrian-born keeper returned to Brunton Park for a second spell in July 2018 when he became the club’s fifth summer signing. He made 42 league appearances last season and has a total of 206 appearances under his belt for the Blues.
Collin kick started his career with Carlisle when he came up from local side AFC Workington in the summer of 2009, to train with the squad, prior to signing on a full-time basis.
Having cut his teeth at Newcastle United, with spells at Oldham and Doncaster along the way, he went on to make the number one spot his own at Brunton Park with 159 appearances in his four-year stay.
He featured in two Wembley cup finals for the Cumbrians, picking up a JPT winner’s medal in 2011, and became known as a spot-kick specialist following a string of saves in shoot-outs and during games when faced with penalty kicks.
He moved to spend three years with Rotherham in May 2013 and then had two seasons with Notts County, with more valuable experience gained in play-off campaigns, where he made a total of 81 appearances.