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Ian Harte & Gary Madine agree new Carlisle United deals

Ian Harte and Gary Madine
Harte (l) and Madine both scored in the opening day win over Brentford

Carlisle United defender Ian Harte and striker Gary Madine have signed extended deals with the club.

Harte, 33, was last season's top scorer with 21 goals and has signed until the summer of 2012.

Madine, 19, has signed a two-year contract extension which keeps him at the club until the summer of 2013.

Carlisle boss Greg Abbott said: "Ian has been fantastic for us and Gary has shown real progress since he joined and this will allow that to continue."

Harte started his career at Leeds United, making over 275 appearances during his time at Elland Road.

He also had spells with Spanish side Levante and Sunderland and made over 60 appearances for the Republic of Ireland between 1996 and 2007.

Abbott added: "I am delighted that this is now done and dusted.

He showed us when he got his run in the team last season what he can do, and we now want to see that consistently

Greg Abbott

"His reading of the game is second to none and he has been a big part of the overall improvement that we have seen on and off the pitch at this club.

"We all know about his goals, and he is a real threat with set pieces and whenever he gets forward, but his all-round game sets a real example to the rest of the players in the squad.

"Doing this now means that Ian can really concentrate on his football as we all look to continue our forward momentum," he added.

Highly-rated Madine is a product of the club's youth system and has had loan spells with Rochdale, Chesterfield and Coventry City.

"Gary is playing regular football at the moment and we think that's what he needs at this stage of his career," Abbott said.

"He has shown real progress since he joined and the stability of this contract will allow that to continue. He showed us when he got his run in the team last season what he can do, and we now want to see that consistently.

"We're pleased to have this one tied down. We like working with Gary, he likes working with us, and it's good for all concerned that it will continue in that way."

Madine said: "I'm really pleased to extend my stay at the club for another two years.

"The chairman and gaffer pulled me in a few weeks ago and told me they had been impressed with the way I'd grown up as both a footballer and a person. They said they wanted to tie me down on a longer deal and I was quite happy to extend my stay.

"Having that extra security of a new deal definitely helps and it means I can relax a bit more and concentrate on my football. Hopefully I can keep my place in the team and help the club continue the good start we've had this season."



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