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Striker Vincent Pericard rejects Carlisle United deal

Vincent Pericard
Pericard began his career with St Etienne in France

Former Juventus striker Vincent Pericard is to leave Carlisle United after turning down an offer to extend his stay at Brunton Park.

The Cameroon-born forward, 27, scored six goals in 16 appearances during a three-month spell.

Cumbrians boss Greg Abbott said: "We made what we thought was a great offer and the club has done everything that it can to keep him here.

"However, he has made his decision and all we can do now is move on."

Abbott added: "He is a fantastic lad and we wish him all the very best."

BBC Radio Cumbria's Carlisle away summariser Tommy Cassidy believes Pericard's departure leaves a big void in the squad for the club to fill.

The offer we made had the potential to push him towards being the top earner at the club in recognition of the fact that he made such a positive impact since joining us in October

Carlisle MD John Nixon

"Greg Abbott's back to square one, he needs an out-and-out striker, there's no-one there with experience who can hold the ball up and lead the line," said Cassidy.

"He will be devastated, as since Pericard came in their fortunes have really turned up and he's done a very good job," he said.

"He's put himself in the shop window at Carlisle and done reasonably well and other clubs have come in for him and he's gone for the best deal he can get."

Carlisle offered Pericard a route back into the professional game in October following his release by Stoke City during the summer.

"The offer we made had the potential to push him towards being the top earner at the club in recognition of the fact that he made such a positive impact since joining us in October, and we still felt that there was more to come from him as a player," said Nixon.

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"There was always an acknowledgement between both parties, from the early stages, that Vincent wanted to get back to playing regular football and we were happy to give him that chance.

"We recognised that we were bringing him away from the south of the country, and the personal connections that he has down there, and we think that has played a big part in the final decision that he has made.

"Vincent has been excellent for us, and he has got on with everyone at the club, and all we can do now is wish him all the very best as he moves on to his next challenge."



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