Simpson assessing trio
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Carlisle United boss Paul Simpson says he will take a further look at three trialists.
Carlisle United boss Paul Simpson says he will take a further look at a trio of young trialists when the club's reserves face their counterparts from Wrexham on Wednesday.
Sunderland right back Ben Christensen (pictured) and the central midfield pair of Wigan Athletic's Luke Joyce and Burnley's Nicky Platt all impressed for Carlisle's second string, as they thrashed Rochdale reserves 6-0 on Monday.
With The Football League's loan deadline on Thursday afternoon, Simpson is keen to run the rule further over the trio on Wednesday.
"They all definitely did enough to merit another look," Simpson told the club's official website.
"We'd already said that we wanted to have a look at them over the course of the two games anyway, but we also had them training with us today (Tuesday) and it has gone really well.
"They've done okay so far, so we're looking forward to seeing them against Wrexham.
"The transfer window closes on Thursday, so if I decide that I want to keep them here with us until the end of the season, I will need to have made my mind up by then."
One player that has returned to Brunton Park fold is winger Raphael Nade after the 25-year-old turned down the chance to turn his loan at Conference South club Weymouth into a permanent arrangement.
The former Woking player spent the past two months on loan with Weymouth and despite both clubs agreeing a fee for Nade, the attacking midfielder has opted to fight for his place with the League Two leaders.