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O'Sullivan signs deal with Carlisle United after release from Blackburn

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Carlisle United have signed former-Blackburn midfielder, John O'Sullivan, on an 18-month deal.

The 23-year-old was most recently on loan to Accrington Stanley, but was made a free agent by Blackburn on his return this month.

When he first went to Accrington there was a lot of talk about him and Blackburn were turning down six figure bids for him because they had high hopes for him.

"I know he's had a few offers from a higher division but we got in there early like we like to do. Whenever you watch John he stands out, and hopefully he'll stand out for us."

– Lee Dykes, Assistant Manager, Carlisle United

Curle: "We're not going to be pressurised into losing our assets"

Keith Curle has said Carlisle United will "not be pressurised into losing our assets" following a rejected bid by Bradford City to secure Charlie Wyke.

The club were hoping to land United's leading striker, but Curle said they didn't offer what they feel is Wyke's value.

The Blues manager went on to confirm that although Bradford City were the only club to lodge an official offer, there are other clubs showing a strong interest.

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United terminate Kevin Wright's contract early

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Defender Kevin Wright has left Carlisle United, after having his contract terminated early.

The 21-year-old left the club by mutual consent, after making a total of three first team appearances.

We’ve terminated his contract early to give him as much chance as possible within the transfer window to get himself sorted.

“He’s another who wasn’t getting the game time he needed and he’s at an age and a stage of his career where that needs to be the case."

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United manager

Blues defender David Atkinson leaves the club

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Defender David Atkinson has left Carlisle United by mutual consent.

The 23-year-old former Boro academy player joined United on an emergency loan deal in March 2015.

He made a total of 37 appearances for the Blues in his near two-year stay, which included two from the bench this season.

He joined Northern Premier Division outfit Blyth Spartans on-loan in December 2016, which was extended at the start of this month.

David is a great lad but, with the additions we’ve made to the squad, he hasn’t been able to get the game time he wants and needs with us this season.

“He knows we’re going through a progressive stage as a football club and he wants to give himself the best opportunity to kick his own career on. He’s a good lad and a really hard worker and he’s desperate to be involved."

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United manager

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Curle 'looking to recruit players' in transfer window

Keith Curle is looking to strengthen the team. Credit: PA

Carlisle United Manager Keith Curle says he's looking forward to finding out what kind of budget he'll have to improve his squad in the January Transfer Window.

As and when needed I will get told exactly what is there to spend. But in the meantime what we have been told to do is business as usual, which is scouting, looking to recruit players and identify players that we think can improve us."

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United

The Blues play Yeovil on Saturday before a busy run over the Christmas period.

Carlisle United crash out of FA Cup

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle. Credit: PA

Carlisle United were beaten at home for the first time since April, as they crashed out of the FA Cup against Rochdale.

Brunton Park has been a fortress this year, but it could have been breached several times before the break, as the League One visitors imposed themselves.

Rochdale did take the lead minutes into the second half, when Steve Davies' deflected shot looped in.

Carlisle United fought their way back into the game and came close, but Rochdale's Nathaniel Mendez-Laing slotted home deep into injury time to ensure the League One team progress to the Third Round of the FA Cup.

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