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Carlisle loan return for Manchester City's Adam Clayton

Adam Clayton
Clayton impressed during Carlisle's FA Cup run

Carlisle United have re-signed Manchester City midfielder Adam Clayton on loan until the end of the season.

Clayton, 21, impressed during an initial loan-spell at Brunton Park and revealed first-team football was a major factor in returning to Cumbria.

"Having tasted first-team action, it was getting me down not to be involved," he told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"I needed to go back and play football at a proper level and this is the best place for me to do that at the moment."

Having formed a partnership with former Chelsea man Tom Taiwo, another young midfielder to have penned a deal at Carlisle in recent weeks, Clayton said he was excited to be back.

"For me it's about playing as many games as I can between now and the end of the season," he said.

"Hopefully we can play well and get Carlisle into the top half of the table and then it will be smiles all round."

Boss Greg Abbott was delighted to bring the City youngster back to the club after an excellent initial spell.

"Adam has already shown what he can bring to the side and we think that there is more to come," Abbott told the club website.

"He works hard, can use the ball and has an instinct to get forward."

The Manchester-born midfielder is an England under-20 international but has yet to make his full debut for his parent club despite twice being named as a substitute.


During his first spell at Brunton Park, Clayton was a regular in the side and played a key part in Cumbrians' goal against Everton in the FA Cup third round.

Clayton's registration has been secured in time for him to feature in Carlisle's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie with Leeds United on Tuesday.

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