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CONTRACT: Keeper becomes summer signing number ten

Experienced stopper joins the Blues

17 August 2020

Carlisle United have today made keeper Paul Farman signing number 10 as the experienced stopper comes in on a one-year deal.

Born in the north-east, Farman, 30, started his career on the non-league circuit with Blyth Spartans, but it was his move to Gateshead in the summer of 2009 which really started to put him on the map.

He played 64 games for the Heed, and a loan spell with Lincoln preceded a permanent switch to Sincil Bank where he went on to make over 200 appearances for the Imps in a six-year stay, which included a fantastic FA Cup run and a promotion-winning campaign.

He signed for Stevenage in June 2018 and made 75 appearances for Boro before leaving the club at the end of the 2019/20 season.

Manager Chris Beech said: “We always needed to add a further goalkeeper to the group and Paul brings with him those complementary assets and traits we want to support and push Magnus [Norman], and vice versa.

"We've worked extremely hard behind the scenes on recruitment to make sure we get the right capabilities in the building. Paul is an experienced operator, has played hundreds of games and knows what's required. He's another with an excellent kick and is a fantastic shot stopper.

"Originally from the north east Paul jumped at the opportunity to come to us, so it's another that fits in terms of geography. He'll move back to the area, which is always an added plus."

"As a manager, it's important to look beyond where a player has just come from and, importantly, at the bigger picture," he continued. "In terms of stats, last season he was right up there with the best.

"He made the most overall saves across the top four tiers and also achieved the most close range saves in League Two. He also kept 10 clean sheets for Stevenage and, again, that's good going given where they ultimately finished. 

"One thing I liked about Paul when I spoke with him, and on doing the due diligence on speaking with others, was his enthusiasm and attitude for the game.

"He's another that will be positive around the dressing room, he's another leader, and he'll help create that winning environment to drive us on."

"We now have two excellent goalkeepers in the building," he told us. "I want both to drive and push each other. Games, training and performances will ultimately dictate who plays, but I want to stimulate that healthy competition for places, something that I felt had been missing previously."

And on trialist Joe Fryer, he said: "Joe is a great lad and he's been fantastic this past few weeks.

"Myself and David [Holdsworth] have spoken to him, and he knows we think highly of him. As he works his way through the stage he's at now, training with a view to getting match fit, and having missed out with his injury for a prolonged period of time, there's a possibility that he could do some of that here with us, if that fits and works for all parties.

"We'll wait and see where that goes, there's no pressure or expectation on that at this moment of time, but it is something we could possibly explore going forward."

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