Abbott plays down keeper swoop
Greg Abbott insists Carlisle are not looking to sign a keeper on loan, despite an injury to Lenny Pidgeley.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 16/03/10 5:53pm
Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott insists the club are not looking to sign a goalkeeper on loan, despite an injury to second-choice stopper Lenny Pidgeley.
The former Millwall man remains on the sidelines after breaking his hand in mid-February, leaving rookie stopper Mark Gillespie as the only cover to No.1 Adam Collin.
However, Abbott told skysports.com that he is happy to stick with what he has already got between the sticks at present.
He said: "We are all right for keepers at the moment, but if anything happened to Adam Collin then we would have to look to bring someone in.
"However, at the moment we are happy with what we have got in that department."
The Cumbrians have won just once in their last seven outings and have struggled since booking a place at Wembley in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final, but Abbott insists he is only focused on League One football at present.
"We've got a very busy league program at the moment, so although the trip to Wembley is something nice to look forward to at the end of the month, there are a lot of points to play for before then," he said.
"Everybody's mindset is on the league fixtures at the moment and I wouldn't have it any other way, to be honest."
It is often the time of year when clubs start to decide which of the players that are out of contract in the summer will be kept on or released, but Abbott believes that it will take a while for contract talks to be finalised.
"We've started talks with a number of players regarding extending their contracts and those talks will probably go on until the end of April.
"We would like to finalise our squad for next season before the end of this one, but we've been thinking about that for a while now in terms of who we will be letting go and which ones we will be keeping on.
"I don't expect anything to be completed soon though because these things can take time."