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Blues take on league leaders

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Carlisle United will be looking to get back to winning ways tonight when they take on League Two leaders Doncaster Rovers at Brunton Park (7:45pm ko)

Manager Keith Curle says he's looking for a big reaction from his players after they slumped to a 4-1 home defeat to Blackpool on Saturday.

"Our changing room has been exposed and it is one of those - you need a reaction.

"There is no better way of looking forward to a reaction than when you are playing the top of the league and saying 'go on then this is what we are about."

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United manager

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Carlisle United sign striker on loan

George Waring also had a loan spell at Oxford. Credit: PA

Carlisle United have signed Stoke City striker George Waring on a half-season loan deal.

Waring, 22, joined Everton as a teenager and left to join Stoke City at the age of 19.

He made his professional debut against Yeovil during a loan spell with Barnsley in January 2015, and scored six goals in 19 appearances for the Tykes.

The signing comes amid ongoing speculation about the future of Carlisle United's top scorer, Charlie Wyke.

George is the type of player who we feel will thrive in the environment we've created. He's got good technical ability, as you'd expect from a player coming from a club at that level, and he definitely won't struggle with the physical aspects of the game.

He's had recent experience of being with a promotion winning team and he's ready to make a mark. His size will add something different and it will give us more options with the way we can approach games, and likewise change our approach during games, so we're pleased that he's chosen to join us.

– Keith Curle, Manager

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

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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.

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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