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Harte signs new Carlisle contract

Ian Harte
Harte scored one goal in three games for Carlisle after his March switch

Carlisle defender Ian Harte has signed a new two-year contract with the club.

Harte, 31, arrived on a short-term deal at the end of last season and says the atmosphere within the club was a key factor in opting for the move.

"It's a fantastic bunch of people from the chairman to the gaffer and the players," the Republic of Ireland left-back told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"Hopefully with me coming in I can help them and we can get a few more quality players to help the club progress."

Manager Greg Abbott was equally delighted with Harte's decision to sign for the club, given his desire to strengthen the squad for the coming season.

And Abbott revealed the former Leeds man made an impact within the dressing room during his short-term spell.

"As a football club, the size that we are and the size of the player that he is, it's a big plus for us and a big pat on the back for everybody," he said.

"He's a very, very good player and as a person he's a good type to have around the club and he wants to be successful, we're hoping he can bring that to the other players.

"We think we're going in the right direction, Ian's a nice indication of that and we're looking forward to working with him."

Harte joined Carlisle toward the end of last season with the club embroiled in a relegation battle at the foot of League One, but was part of the side that helped the Cumbrians to safety, making three appearances and scoring a vital goal in the 1-1 draw at Cheltenham.

But the Irishman is confident that the club can aim higher next season, particularly if manager Greg Abbott can further add to his squad.

"It's early days, players have been released, a few loan players have gone back to their clubs, but it's a difficult time for the manager," he said.

"I go away on holiday, but he's got the difficult task to try to find players to come to the club and hopefully he can do that to help strengthen the squad and to make the team better to succeed."

Harte began his professional career with Leeds United after joining the club from the renowned Home Farm club in Ireland and spent 12 years at Elland Road before moving to Spanish La Liga side Levante in 2004.

On his return to England in 2008 he has spent time at Sunderland and Blackpool before his switch to Carlisle.



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