INTERVIEW: I'm absolutely buzzing to be honest

We spoke to our third signing of the summer, Cameron Harper, after he agreed a move to Brunton Park.

After penning a three-year deal with United, he said: “I'm absolutely buzzing to be honest. Obviously coming down today and seeing the place and seeing the work that's going on, it's giving me a real buzz for the place, and speaking to the gaffer as well in person and what he wants for this season. 

“I'm delighted and can't wait for the season to start now.”

After developing through Inverness’ Academy and going on to feature for their first team, Cammy said: “It was good to be honest, obviously playing football with your mates, there's nothing better than that.

“I was there since the age of 10, right the way through the age groups and then signed my first contract with them at 16 and been in the first team pretty much ever since, so obviously I've got a lot of good memories up there, it's where I'm from, so sad to go but I needed a new challenge and Carlisle was exactly what I was looking for.”

When asked about the step up to senior football, the left-back added: “It probably took me a season or two if I'm totally honest to get with it, but after that I felt natural and played over 150 games for the club and I captained them as well at the end of this season for a couple of games, so I became kind of like a senior pro in a way because we had a very young team but obviously I'd played a lot of games, so yeah I had some some good times up there.

“I was definitely probably one of the most experienced in that changing room and I felt that probably the last two seasons I needed to step up, whether it be on the pitch or even just speaking to boys in the changing room and stuff like that, boys that were coming in and signing, but no I definitely feel like that's probably a trait that I've adapted over the last couple of years. 

“Everyday's a school day as they say, do you know what I mean? 

“I'm still learning, obviously I'm coming to a new league, I'll be learning as I go kind of thing, but I'm looking forward to it and can't wait to get started.”

Describing his game, Harper stated: “I would say I’m an attack-minded full-back, like to create chances, score goals, build attacks, it's kind of my game to be honest with you, going at defenders one v one and hopefully setting them up for our strikers and scoring goals.”

Speaking on goals scored during his spell in Scotland, the 22-year-old defender said: “I don't know what it is, I don't seem to get many easy, no goals are easy to score, but tap-ins as they would say, I seem to do the more spectacular kind of things but any goals a goal and I'll take a few here.”

When asked what made this the perfect move at this stage of his career, he added: “A fresh challenge was definitely what I needed and then obviously speaking to the gaffer and hearing his plans for this season, obviously the work that's going on at the stadium as well, the owners ambitions on getting this club back into League One, just everything really aligned with what I was looking for.

“The gaffer and the owner's ambitions were the same as mine in wanting to go for a league title.

“Obviously the main aim is to get promoted back into League One and I'm just hoping to play as many games, set some goals up and hopefully score a few as well.”

Finally, Harper had the following message for United’s supporters: “I look forward to seeing them down here, supporting the boys and hopefully it'll be a good year for us!”

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