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Carlisle United's Greg Abbott ponders Gary Madine role

Gary Madine
Madine has impressed Coventry boss Chris Coleman

Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott has not ruled out striker Gary Madine playing for the club again after his loan spell at Coventry.

Madine, 19, looked set for a permanent move to the Sky Blues, but Carlisle are short up front following the departure of Vincent Pericard.

Aboott told BBC Radio Cumbria: "We need to get him back and see what his attitude is like.

"(We need to) see how he has weathered since he has been away at Coventry."

Madine, 19, has impressed City boss Chris Coleman during his three-month loan at the Ricoh Arena despite failing to score in his nine substitute appearances.

We are looking all the time to improve the squad and that remains the situation

Greg Abbott

Coleman is believed to be keen on completing a permanent move for the striker before the end of the January transfer window although Abbott said talks between the two clubs had slowed.

"They have been very quiet and probably pushing it right to the wire to see what our thoughts are," he said.

"But the ball is in their court at the minute and we are waiting to hear from them."

Abbott said he will not be rushing into the transfer market following the departure of Pericard, 27, on Tuesday.

"We are just going to look at the whole situation," Abbott said.

"We have got three players already at the club and we will have a look at everything and then weigh up what we think we need to do about it as and when we think that time is right."

Madine could now join Scott Dobie, Joe Anyinsah and Richard Offiong in contention for the lone striker role for Saturday's trip to Brentford in League One.

Abbott said: "What we have got to remember is that everybody is playing better and I think it is an easier team to come into it at the minute.


"If we think we need to improve we will look at the right type and if we can manage to make it happen then we will do so."

Abbott has also refused to be drawn on speculation linking him with a number of possible transfer targets this month.

"I am not going to discuss any names that aren't hard and fast facts," he said. "We are looking all the time to improve the squad and that remains the situation.

"The people that start the rumours and the speculation can do what they want this month. But what I am going to talk about to our fans and our people is only players that have come into the football club that we have signed."

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