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Ward keen to extend Wallwork stay

Ronnie Wallwork
Wallwork played just seven games for Sheffield Wednesday

Carlisle United manager John Ward is keen to extend former Manchester United and West Bromich Albion midfielder Ronnie Wallwork's stay with the club.

The 30-year-old played the full 90 minutes in the reserves' 4-1 win away to Hartlepool on Wednesday.

"He still needs to work on his fitness as he is short on games," Ward told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"It's up to Ronnie. It's an open-ended agreement but I'd be very happy for him to stay longer."

Wallwork, who is without a club following his release by Sheffield Wednesday during the summer, is currently training with the Brunton Park club.

"He'll need a few more training sessions and games to get up to full fitness but he is obviously a good player," said Ward.

I think we now have 20 or 21 players in this squad who could all play in the first-team let alone any other first-teams in this division

John Ward

Wallwork, who spent played twelve games on loan at Carlisle during the 1997/98 season, impressed in the win at Hartlepool.

Michael Bridges, Luke Joyce, Grant Smith and Gary Madine scored the goals for a Carlisle side that included new signing Richard Keogh and Josh Gowling on his return from a broken nose.

"Josh was fine. He went for every header and has come through really well," Ward said.

"It was only two weeks ago that he broke it so it's pretty tough to come back that quickly."

Ward also praised the performance of his senior players in the Hartlepool game.

"The attitude of the players was excellent," Ward said.

"It's sometimes difficult when it's a non-league ground on a Wednesday afternoon when there is no-one there. But their attitude was spot-on.

"The guys have really put pressure on those players in the first-team and that's a really good thing that we've got going at the moment."

Ward also told BBC Radio Cumbria that he is happy with his current squad but would not rule out the possibility of using the loan window if he felt the need to strengthen.

"I think we've improved this squad since I arrived but if I brought a loan player in now he would expect to play," he said.

"We now have 20 or 21 players in this squad who could all play in the first-team let alone any other first-teams in this division.

"That makes the competition stronger but they are also very supportive of each other which has to be a good thing for me as a manger."

see also
Wallwork training with Cumbrians
29 Aug 08 |  Carlisle
Owls recruit Baggies man Wallwork
11 Jan 08 |  Sheff Wed

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