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CONTRACT: Defender joins the Blues as first January signing

Right-sided player comes to Cumbria

3 January 2022

Carlisle United have today signed right-sided defender Joel Senior from National League outfit Altrincham on an 18-month deal for an undisclosed fee.

Senior, 22, cut his teeth as a youngster with Oldham Athletic, but was released as a 15-year-old. He settled in the North West Counties League with Maine Road FC, where he gained valuable experience in men’s football at the tender age of 16.

FC United of Manchester snapped him up, and he spent 18-months at Broadhurst Park before making the short hop to Curzon Ashton.

It was whilst with ‘The Nash’ that scouts from Premier League and Championship clubs really started to take notice and, following a series of trials, he opted for Burnley.

The onset of Covid and a battle against injury restricted his opportunities at Turf Moor and he joined former Nantwich gaffer Phil Parkinson at Altrincham in the summer of 2020.

Initially having to be patient, he worked his way into the team and became an ever-present, making 67 appearances in total for the Robins.

His only goal for the club was a stunner – a rifled volley against Chester in the FA Trophy in December 2020 – but he has nine assists from 26 games in all competitions so far in this campaign.

We'll have reaction to this transfer news from manager Keith Millen on the official website later today.

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