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Carlisle United's Paul Simpson on latest transfer status

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The Blues have strengthened their squad in recent days, but the manager still wants competition for certain positions.

Simpson hopes to bring more competition on the left side of the defense.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s trip to Colchester United, the Blues manager said:

“We will keep looking.

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“It’s proven to be really difficult. My ideal scenario was to try and get someone to experience it there, but for some reason that didn’t happen.

“We just keep working. If we can bring in players who we think will improve our group, we have to accept that they may not have the experience. They are a little bit younger. It may become a debt.

“But I’ll keep working until I get what we believe to be the right number and the right combination of players. I’ll keep working until the window closes.”

Simpson revealed yesterday that he had explored the possibility of a move for experienced Cumbrian defender Paul Huntington after leaving Preston.

However, United bosses said they were informed early on that such a move was unlikely.

“There was something early in the summer that didn’t do any good,” he said.

“We haven’t had any other conversations. I was told it wasn’t for him, so that’s it. As far as I know, the situation hasn’t changed.”

Simpson recently bolstered his team with Michael Kelly, Jaden Harris and Jack Stretton, adding to the players he already acquired in the close season and preseason.

“I think we needed those numbers,” he said. “We had 12 players out of contract and most of them left.

“In an ideal scenario, I didn’t want to lose a lot. I made an offer to Magnus Norman and Joe Riley and I’m disappointed they chose to leave.

“I’m happy to see who they’ve brought in to replace them. Let’s see how it goes for a while. In my mind, I’d probably like to have one more, but that would be a headache in terms of selection.” It will become a seed and you will have to cut some people out of every matchday squad.

“If you want to have a decent first half of the season between now and January, you need a lot of players because at some point you’re going to have suspensions and minor injuries and you’re not in the same group. Because I don’t think so.” With more players able to play all 46 league games and all cup games, we need options to turn things around. ”

Simpson has not yet ruled out loan deals for some of Carlisle’s young players.

But he said he would not sacrifice his demands at the Brunton Park practice range.

“There’s Max Kilsby going to Annan, Sam Fishburne going to Bryce, but nothing imminent as far as I know at this point,” he said.

“It may sound selfish, but you have to keep the right group for training.

“We want to have the right players and be competitive.

“If there is an opportunity for one of our young players to go out there, we will look into it and maybe open the door for one of our academics to come and train with us.

“We want to practice XI v XI. I want it to be competitive and relevant. I’m here.

“If that allows someone else to go out, we’ll look into it, but nothing at the moment.”

Simpson added that he is open to loaning young keeper Gabe Brees now that he has signed the more experienced Kelly as backup for Thomas Hawley.

he said: But it has to be right for us.

“We would like to have three goalkeepers in training, and it could also be an opportunity to have Gabe in the first team squad from time to time.

“It’s up to the three of us to compete in training to make sure we have the right level of training and to compete against each other to be in the top team.

“If the right opportunity presented itself for him to go out and win some games, I would certainly consider it. .”