Carlisle United sign two Manchester United youngsters, but miss out on another

Graham Kavanagh was pleased with his vote of confidence from Manchester United after signing two of their players while missing out on another

Carlisle United manager Graham Kavanagh
Carlisle United manager Graham Kavanagh

Carlisle United signed two Manchester United youngsters and missed out on another on deadline day.

Charni Ekangamene and Sam Byrne could make their professional debuts at Bristol City today, but striker Tom Lawrence has joined Yeovil Town after his Brunton Park loan deal came to an end.

Byrne will have a tough act to follow after Lawrence’s three goals in 11 games, but the arrival of yet more Old Trafford youngsters made it a positive day for manager Graham Kavanagh.

“The two Manchester United lads come with the qualities you would expect from a club like that,” he explained. “Charni is a positive and aggressive midfield player whocan go box-to-box or hold things together.

“I’ve watched him a number of times and he handles the ball really well. He’s very disciplined and I think he’ll be an exciting one for the team and the fans.

“Sam Byrne is the kind of striker who I think will come to us and do a really good job. He’s hungry and ready for this type of challenge and I’m sure he’ll come here and show everyone what he can do.

“I think Manchester United are really comfortable with their players coming here and they have shown more trust and faith in the way we do things by allowing these lads to join us.”

Two players left Carlisle yesterday, with Danny Livesey joining Wrexham on loan and Prince Buaben moving to Partick Thistle.

Livesey is one of the club’s longest-serving players, while Ghana international Buaben was Kavanagh’s first signing after being released by Watford.

“I think that’s a move he needed,” Kavanagh said of centre-back Livesey, who joined in 2004. “He’s been fantastic for this club, everyone knows that, but he hasn’t been playing too much at all recently. He’s been injured for a short period and we have had other options, but we have kept him involved with the squad at every opportunity.

“I felt we owed it to him, because of the person he is and because of how professional he is, to try and get him some games if we possibly could. We’ve talked to him about what could happen once this season is done and he wanted an opportunity to put himself out there and give himself every chance of pushing on with his career.

“Wrexham will be a fantastic move for him in that respect.

“Prince was a slightly different situation for us. We have had one or two issues with him with different things and I thought it would be better for the group we have, and what we are trying to do, if we allowed him to look around and move on.”

Buaben signed a contract until the end of the season, but the Jags have taken that over. Kavanagh had been hoping to do yet more business in this transfer window – including Lawrence – despite being well into double figures for signings this season.

“The last few days have been incredibly busy because we had a number of things we wanted to get done,” he said.

“It’s been really interesting to be involved in it and we’re happy with where we are with it all. We’ve had a couple come in and a couple go out and we think the work we’ve done is of benefit to all concerned.

“We are still making phone calls and asking questions. Going forward we could still find that we look at one or two more loans or possibly even free agents and transfers.

“There are situations we couldn’t get done today, for a number of reasons, so we’ll look to keep going with those and see where it takes us.

“We’re very aware of the age of the squad at the moment and I think we would like to add some experience of league football to the mix. What we do have now is a lot of energy and enthusiasm and it’s up to us to harness that and get the best out of it.”

The Robins are without a win in their last six games.


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