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Ryan Edmondson on his move to Cumbria

24 June 2022

Striker Ryan Edmondson became summer signing number four this week when he put pen to paper on a two-year deal that was all but done and dusted remotely as he visited friends on the other side of the world.

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But jet lag was brushed off and the boots dusted off as he chose to turn down the offer a few days to reset the body clock in favour a few gruelling training sessions in blistering heat.

We caught up with him after the first of those lung busters to get a talk-through of how the del had unfolded.

“I’ve been on holiday and while I was over there my agent gave me a call, and he said that Simmo had been on the phone,” he said. “My agent talked me through the process, and it’s all happened a little bit last-minute from then on to be fair.

“I’ve only known for a couple of weeks, but I’m excited. In terms of location, I didn’t even think about it that way. Carlisle’s a massive club, a great club to be at, and I can’t wait to get started.”

And he comes across from Yorkshire having built up experience with some important loan moves [Aberdeen, Northampton, Fleetwood and Port Vale] already under his belt.

“I think it helps a lot for a young lad in this league to have done that,” he told us. “I’ve had that experience of playing men’s football recently and that’s really good.

“I had a great season last season with Port Vale, and we were successful. Hopefully we can do the same again this year.

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“When we slipped out of the automatic promotion spot I think everybody got a bit twitchy. Going to Wembley and doing it that way, you couldn’t have asked for anything better.

“We had a great season, it’ll always be a nice memory, but I want to make some great new memories now.”

“There isn’t a better feeling than being involved in something like that,” he continued. “You get asked about promotions and stuff when your career is done, and to look back on a success like that is probably one of the best things going.

“Hopefully I can add another one to the tally. Having been with those clubs, I probably just matured as a footballer. I think by coming into the game very early, at a young age, I made a few mistakes along the way.

“Being out on loan through that, which included going up to Scotland, you learn a lot about yourself and you do change. You turn from a boy into a man and hopefully I can bring that new player into this season and make it a success story.”

There’s little secret that there were options on the table ahead of him reaching this agreement with the Blues, but he confirmed that the manager had been a big pull.

“I’ve worked with Simmo previously so we’ve had that relationship together,” he commented. “He’s been my manager before and I know he suits my playing style quite well.

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“He knows me well as a player and I know him quite well as a manager. There was a lot of interest there, but as soon as I heard Simmo’s name that was a big thing for me.

“And this is a big club to be at, so that’s good, and game time is a big thing for me here. When you’re young that’s a massive part of it. You need to be playing games and scoring goals. Hopefully I’ll come and score as many as I can.”

The Harrogate-born 21-year-old grew up a Leeds fan, but he conceded that the time had come to move on as he looks to push on and establish himself in the game.

“I think it’s rare that you find a player stays at one club for his entire career,” he said. “Don’t get me wrong, being a Leeds fan it was a dream to be at that club for four or five years.

“Like I say, it’s a bit of a steppingstone and hopefully I can come to Carlisle and be successful. I’m at an age where I want to put a marker down.

“Coming into the game at 16 was very early, and I think now at 21 I need to stamp my mark in the game. Hopefully I can come here this season and do that.”

And when his opportunity to do that comes, he’ll be wearing the number 9 shirt.

“It’s brilliant to be here,” he told us. “Running out with the shirt on for the first time will be special.

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“It’s a special club, a massive club for where we are, and to go out there and hear the fans behind us - hopefully we’ll get that first win in the first game of the season to get us off and flying.

“The support I’ve had from them already is great. Football is all about the fans, it’s why we play the game.

“When they’ve got your back and they’re cheering you on it’s a great feeling. Hopefully it’ll be like that when we step onto the pitch.

“From me they’ll get energy, work ethic, and a lot of people know me as just being a work horse.

“I won’t stop running, and even if I don’t have the greatest time on the ball you’ll get nothing but 100% with the work I do off it. Hopefully I can match the goals up with that.”

So what about that offer from the gaffer of a few days to rest and recuperate on his return from down under.

“I’ve been out in Australia for the past month, seeing some friends, and I landed yesterday [Tuesday] afternoon,” he explained.

“Simmo called me to see what I wanted to do, he said I could take a few days to let my body clock reset, but I said no, I want you to get me into it, get me around the lads, get in the kit and get out running, so I’ll see you tomorrow.

“I know what happened here last season and I think we’ve got a point to prove. It probably wasn’t the best, they didn’t perform to the best of their ability, but I think this season we can really put that right. We have to lay our stamp down early.”

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