Ward looks for new players

Carlisle boss working hard to land new players

Ward: Squad strengthening

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League One high-flyers Carlisle United are looking to add to their squad in the January transfer window as they seek to maintain their promotion push.

Carlisle are currently sitting in second place in the division and boss John Ward has revealed he hopes to strengthen his squad next month.

He told skysports.com that he is working hard to bring a couple of new faces to Carlisle, whose top-of-the-table clash with Swansea on Saturday has been called off due to a frozen pitch.

Ward said: "We think we could get a couple of boys in the transfer window, it's something I'm trying hard to do. We've made certain phone calls but we've just got to wait and see.

Improve

"I'm trying to improve the strength of the squad, it's not a big squad here, but a couple more players would add to that and provide competition so we think we've got the money to do that and I will try hard to do what I can.

"The cash might be available for wages but there's certainly the possibility of loans and if there's anybody out of contract then we would be looking at free transfers so there are areas there in which I may be able to move."

Ward is particularly looking to add a wide right player to his team.

Strengthening

"We've looked at wide right specifically which is somewhere that we could do with strengthening," he said.

"We had young Joe Anyinsah on loan from Preston who has gone back now until January because his loan period finished so that's an area that we will need to look at."

"The four or five matches over Christmas mean that people will just hang on. Everything can change within the space of a couple of games and players that might be available now just may not be there come January.

"It's all about doing your homework and then seeing what works out once the window opens.