Duffy eyes fresh start

Striker thrust straight into the starting line-up against Colchester

Duffy: Keen to play

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Carlisle United's new signing Darryl Duffy is hoping to kick-start his career after a frustrating spell at Bristol Rovers.

The Scottish striker joined the Cumbrians on a three-month loan deal on deadline day after struggling to establish himself as a first-team regular at the Memorial Stadium.

Former Swansea and Hull City forward Duffy has made over half of his 28 appearances this season from the bench and he jumped at the opportunity of a fresh start at Carlisle.

"The move to Carlisle came out of the blue really and the first time I heard about it was at 11am on Monday morning, so it only gave us six hours to get the deal completed," Duffy, who started at Colchester on Tuesday night, told skysports.com.

"It was a bit of a rush, but I'm glad we managed to get it done because it gives me a chance to play more regularly, with a clean slate as such.

"I've never had as little time as this to make a decision on whether to stay or move to a new club, so it was a bit manic, but it was pretty straightforward because Carlisle were offering me a fresh start and that is what I felt that I needed."

The 25-year-old only met his new team-mates on Monday night ahead of the Colchester game and he revealed that having a familiar face greet him has helped him settle quicker than most.

He added: "I've met a few of the lads last night and I roomed with Richard Offiong, so it shouldn't be too much of a problem settling in.

"I already knew Matty Robson from my time at Hartlepool too, so that always helps when you see a familiar face.

"They seem like a good bunch of lads and they are very welcoming, so hopefully I'll hit the ground running on the pitch and make a good impression on the fans as well."