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Friday, 21 November 2014

Carlisle Utd sign Matty Robson on two-year deal

Matty Robson this afternoon became Carlisle United’s third summer signing after the winger penned a two-year deal with the Blues.

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Matty Robson, left, with Carlisle manager Greg Abbott

The 24-year-old left winger has joined United on a free after leaving their League One rivals Hartlepool United at the end of last season.

Carlisle beat off competition from Swindon for Robson’s signature and it brings an end to boss Greg Abbott’s search for a left winger following Simon Hackney’s £100,000 move to Colchester United in the January transfer window.

Abbott, who has already signed former Leeds United and Levante defender Ian Harte and Workington Reds keeper Adam Collin, had a left winger on his radar after releasing Jeff Smith and Lewis Neal at the end of the season.

Robson will meet his new team-mates for the first time when United’s players report for pre-season training at Brunton Park tomorrow.

The pacy winger had talks with Swindon’s former Pools boss Danny Wilson about a possible switch to the Wiltshire club, but is relishing the opportunity to stay in the north.

Robson said: “I’m glad to finally get it all sorted and I’m looking forward to getting started tomorrow.

“It’s been a frustrating wait but I am very relieved now. I can’t wait for the challenge ahead.”

After coming through the ranks at Victoria Park, he made 170 appearances for Pools since making his debut as a 17-year-old in the 2002/3 campaign, scoring 10 goals.

The set-piece expert was a regular down the left wing last season as Chris Turner steered the north-east side to safety in League One, and was a big favourite with fans.

He has also filled in at left-back in previous seasons at Victoria Park, and his versatility will be an added bonus for Carlisle.

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