Striker Richie Foran would welcome a return to Carlisle after being told he is free to leave Southend.
Foran was released by the Brunton Park outfit in 2004 after scoring 29 goals in a three-year spell and joined Motherwell before signing for the Shrimpers.
But he has struggled to make any significant impact at Roots Hall and spent a spell on loan with Darlington last season.
"It hasn't gone well for me at Southend since we got relegated," Foran told the News and Star.
"The manager has been honest with me and told me I'm not in his plans next season so the main thing for me is to get myself fit, find a club and get back to enjoying football again.
"I want to be back in the north if possible and it would be a dream come true to play for Carlisle again.
"I believe I can bring a lot to the team and I know I can score goals. Carlisle have some good strikers but I have proved I can score goals and I want to score for Carlisle."