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Striker Andy Cook extends Carlisle United contract

Andy Cook
Cook was a success on loan at Barrow last season

Carlisle United's teenage striker Andy Cook has extended his stay at Brunton Park by signing a new one-year deal with the League One club.

Cook, 19, was coming to the end of an 18-month contract at Carlisle and the forward was delighted to have completed terms for a further year.

"I'm obviously delighted that I'll be with Carlisle for another year," Cook told the club website.

"I'm just looking forward to getting back for pre-season training in July."

The Bishop Auckland-born striker had a mixed 2009-10 season having enjoyed a successful spell at Barrow, which was ended prematurely by a foot injury.

And Cook revealed he has hopes of breaking into the Cumbrians' first-team on his return to full fitness.

"It was frustrating for me to have to miss so much of last season with the injury, but that's behind me now," Cook added.

"The gaffer has told me that it's up to me to come back and show everyone what I can do, and hopefully that will happen for me.

He has shown us that he has the potential, and that's why we have offered him the deal in the first place

Carlisle United boss Greg Abbott

"It's now a case of working hard and making sure that I take the opportunities when they come along in the pre-season games."

Boss Greg Abbott sees Cook's return as a valuable addition to his squad for the forthcoming League One campaign.

Abbott tried a string of strikers last season, in the shape of Daryl Duffy, Vincent Pericard and Jason Price in order to bolster his attack and Cook's presence could be vital in solving the striking problem.

"Andy can score goals, we have seen that at youth and reserve level, and he has also done it with Workington and Barrow," Abbott said.

"He has shown us that he has the potential, and that's why we have offered him the deal in the first place, but the challenge for him now is to take that next step.

"Unfortunately he picked up a nasty injury, but we now want him to come back for pre-season fit and raring to go, and hopefully he will really knuckle down and show us what he can do."

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