Carlisle United have today added Danny Devine to their ever-growing ranks as the midfielder joins us as summer signing number seven on a two-year deal.
Devine, 22, came through the ranks with Bradford City and played over 50 games for the Bantams since exploding onto the scene at the start of the 2016/17 season, shortly after he’d signed his first professional contract with the club.
His first senior goal came in last October’s 2-1 home victory over Crawley, where his finish at the start of the second half proved to be the decisive goal of the game.
Manager Chris Beech said: “I’m delighted to have Danny through the door. He's another that very much ticks the boxes.
“He's a defensive central midfield player with a great engine and work rate to his game, and he has this canny knack of being one of the first on the scene to deal with those crisis situations.
“With the way he plays, he's the type of player that his work rate and contribution to a football game can often get overlooked or unappreciated by the casual eye, because it's the simple things he's doing - winning the ball, giving it and then going again - or dropping back in when a teammate has pushed on.”
“Danny was another that was really keen to come to us,” he continued. “He’s had one club all his career, Bradford, and he came through their youth system.
“He's played a good amount of football for his age, including both League One and Two, and last season he kept players out of the team with far bigger reputations. I also looked at his stats before we brought him in, and his game starts per win ratio is excellent.
“He adds a complimentary dynamic to our current group. He’s the right age with the right type of mobility and know-how. He brings other types of attributes that will allow our box-to-box players the freedom to drive and push forward to join and link attacking phases.
“Importantly he knows what we want to try to achieve as a football club and he knows we will make him better as a player.”