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CLUB: Striker moves on

Forward leaves by mutual consent

5 January 2021

Carlisle United can confirm that striker Gav Reilly has today left the club by mutual consent.

Reilly, 27, joined the Blues in the summer and scored once in his 21 appearances for the Blues.

Manager Chris Beech said: “I’d personally like to wish Gav and his family the very best and thank him for his contribution whilst he’s been with this football club. He’s a fantastic lad and a consummate professional.

“Unfortunately things didn’t quite drop for him the way we’d have all liked them to have done, and Gav is the type of player that is mindful of his future career as well as the here and now. 

“An opportunity presented itself to allow him to go into an environment where he’s consistently done well and scored goals, and by doing the same again he will set himself into a good position for future seasons.

“It’s important to be respectful of Gav’s wishes and at the same time do the right thing for the football club, freeing up both a slot in the group and provide some finance back in the building to support us moving on.

“Gav goes with our best wishes and I’ve no doubts he’ll hit the ground running and prove to be a success at his new club."

Director of football David Holdsworth said: "Everyone at the club wishes Gav the very best as he moves on.

"He's an excellent person and we wish him well as he goes back north of the border."

Gretna-born Reilly exploded onto the scene with Queen of the South scoring 43 goals in 132 appearances in all competitions during a five-year stay.

Loan spells with Gretna and Hearts preceded a permanent move to Tynecastle in the summer of 2015. He had a loan with Dunfermline, before making the switch to St Mirren in July 2017.

A haul of 22 goals in 44 appearances captured the eyes of the scouts as the Saints earned promotion, and he signed for Bristol Rovers before heading on loan to Cheltenham for the first half of the 2019/20 campaign.

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