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Blues sign Chesterfield captain

Chesterfield's Gary Liddle has signed for Carlisle United Photo: Press Association

Carlisle United have completed the signing of Chesterfield captain Gary Liddle.

The 30-year-old defender/midfielder has signed an 18-month deal that will keep him at Brunton Park until the summer of 2018.

Liddle, who can play on both flanks of the back four and across the midfield, started his career with the Middlesbrough's Academy and earned a professional contract when he broke through the youth ranks.

He moved to Hartlepool in 2006 and made over 250 appearances in his six-year stay, bagging 21 goals along the way.

Current Carlisle boss Keith Curle took him to Notts County in 2012 and he played every minute of his first campaign with the club, equalling a long-standing club record.

Bradford City was his next stop in the summer of 2014 and he joined Chesterfield on transfer deadline day last year, where he made 46 appearances and scored once before making the switch across to Cumbria.

“He’s a player I tried to bring to the football club last season. Unfortunately we missed out to a team at a higher level who also had a manager Gary had worked with before.

“The temptations were there for him to go and ply his trade at a higher level. Things haven’t worked out at that football club but my opinion hasn’t changed. I thought it was an opportunity to bring another piece of the jigsaw puzzle to Brunton Park.”

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United manager