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CONTRACT: Keeper signs short-term deal

Experienced stopper joins the Blues

14 October 2021

Carlisle United have today signed experienced keeper Mark Howard on a short-term deal which keeps him at Brunton Park until the turn of the year.

Londoner Howard, 35, started his career with Arsenal and spent a period on-loan with Falkirk during the early stages of his development.

He moved to Cardiff in 2006 and was loaned to local rivals Swansea City for the second half of the 2006/07 campaign.

A move north of the border beckoned once again and he featured for both St Mirren and Aberdeen over a three-year stay.

Blackpool was his next port of call, but his career really took off when he teamed up with the Blades in January 2012. Over 100 appearances followed for the Bramall Lane outfit, before moves to Bolton and Blackpool brought another consistent run of appearances.

He played 35 games for Scunthorpe last season, and comes to Brunton Park ready to stake a claim for a longer stay, should this initial term go well.

Caretaker boss Gavin Skelton said: “We're really pleased that we've managed to get Mark in with us.

"He's an experienced player who knows the game, and he knows what League Two is all about.

"We felt it was important to get somebody like that in because he isn't just here for the sake of it, he'll provide real competition for that starting jersey.

"He's shown through his first training session with us that he likes to organise and talk to his defenders, and he's slotted in seamlessly already.

"We're all looking forward to working with him."

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