Pascal Chimbonda has vowed to repay his old team-mate Graham Kavanagh’s faith in him after signing a short-term deal at Carlisle United.
The French defender was a teammate of Kavanagh, who is now in charge of the Cumbrians, at both Wigan Athletic and Sunderland.
And he answered Kavanagh’s call to arms this week, linking up with Carlisle on Monday and agreeing a three-month contract yesterday.
The 34-year-old could now find himself on the bench for this afternoon’s game against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park.
“I told Kav I’d be ready for the challenge of playing in League One,” said Chimbonda, who has been out of the game since leaving Doncaster 18 months ago.
“He obviously knows me, because we’ve played together before, so he asked me to come and train first. He was happy with what he saw and he asked me to stay. Obviously I said yes.
“I’m really looking forward to repaying his belief in me with some good performances.
“I’m going to take each game asit comes and see how things are going before I start looking into the future.”
Kavanagh added: “I played with him at Wigan and Sunderland so I know what he’s capable of
“He’s been excellent in training this week in terms of his energy levels and he just wants to play football.
“He’ll be in the squad for today’s game.
“It will take him a while to get up to speed but I think, in that area of the pitch, it is probably easier to get through a game.”
Carlisle go into today’s game having won three of their last four matches, while Oldham are looking for their first league win since August.
Kavanagh said: “We want to keep this run going. I watched Oldham a few weeks ago when they played Port Vale – they are a hard-working side.”
Striker Lee Miller could return after missing three games with a calf injury, but Chris Chantler is not yet ready to return from his ankleproblem.