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INTERVIEW: I started to celebrate because I knew he'd score

Terry Ablade on coming to Carlisle and his first assist

5 September 2023


INTERVIEW: I started to celebrate because I knew he'd score

Terry Ablade on coming to Carlisle and his first assist

5 September 2023

Fulham forward Terry Ablade joined United on a season-long loan deal at the back end of August determined to make a mark, and he did just that when he came off the bench on Saturday to provide an assist for the second goal of the game against Shrewsbury deep into time added on.

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Speaking about the moment this week, he told us: “I like to bring physicality and speed to the team, and I always try to be positive, so that’s what I did when the pass from Jon Mellish came my way.

“When I first got the ball I did think about going for goal but then I saw Garns screaming for it at the back post so, I knew I had to try and give him it.

“I was celebrating before he had the shot because I trust him in front of goal. As soon as I saw the ball get to him I knew it was going to end up in the back of the net, so it was easy to celebrate before it went in.

“It was great for us all to be able to run over and celebrate in front of the fans.”

And as for the assist, he admitted that it came as a bit of a bonus with a much bigger target in mind.

“I think my target is to be the top scorer in the league!” he joked. “I’ve started off with an assist, which wasn’t in the plan, but I’ll definitely take it.

“As long as I can help the team get up the table I’ll be happy. If the team wins then that’s all that matters, I just want to be helping in any way I can.

“Of course I’m here to show the fans and everybody what I’m capable of as a player as well, I’m just looking forward to it all.”

“It’s amazing to be here and it was great to play in front of the home fans on Saturday,” he added. “It felt outstanding. It’s great to play in front of a big crowd like that.

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“I was obviously watching the game and listening to the fans while I was warming up so to come on and get a chance to play in front of them was great. To play games in front of fans is such a good feeling.”

But for a young player who has been based around London for so long, we wondered why he’d chosen a move as far north as it gets in the English leagues for his second loan move.

“I spoke to the manager before I signed and I know he’s done good things with young players in the past, which is what made me want to come here,” he explained.

“He’s been great with the fans and the players, and when I looked at the history of the club as well, everything just made me want to come here and give it a shot.

“When I spoke to the manager I could tell he wanted me to come here, which is always an amazing feeling for any player.

"I know if I do well he’ll give me the opportunity to play so I just have to repay that faith and show him what I can do.

“I’ve never really been outside of London but I wasn’t really thinking anything when it was first mentioned that I might be coming all the way up north on loan.

“It’s been new for me, but it’s been a really good experience so far. I was a little bit nervous when I first came up, but I feel settled now.

“I’ve been out on loan before but that was to Wimbledon, so this is different because it’s far away from where I live and I won’t be going home all of the time.

“There’s not much up here compared to London, but there’s enough for me to do and I’m enjoying it, and that’s why I already feel settled.

“The lads have been great, they’ve all helped me a lot, and they’ve all been supporting me with anything I need.”

And unfortunately, at that point, we had to let him go with the first training session of the week looming large.

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