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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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New Carlisle Utd signing can’t wait to tackle MK Dons

New signing Jordan Mustoe has pledged that he won’t be shy on his Carlisle United debut after admitting: “I love a tackle.”

Jordan Mustoe photo
Jordan Mustoe

The left-back, who has joined the Blues on loan from Wigan until the end of the season, says his liking for a challenge has sometimes landed him in hot water.

But 22-year-old Mustoe – in line to face MK Dons (Brunton Park, 3pm) – insists he is confident about coping with his first taste of League One football tomorrow.

Mustoe said: “I’m quite quick, hard to beat defensively, and I like to get forward if I can.

“I do like a tackle, maybe a bit too much because I get a few yellow cards now and then. But hopefully I can get it all together.”

Manager Greg Abbott yesterday secured Mustoe on an emergency loan until April 27 and the Premier League prospect's arrival will allow the manager to return Matty Robson to United’s attack, after the ex-Hartlepool man’s recent spell in the back four.

Mustoe is also regarded as a timely replacement for Chris Chantler, whose ankle injury has ruled him out for the season, and the defender says he is excited about the challenge.

“I heard about the move on Wednesday night – I had a lot of missed calls when I was out at my girlfriend’s,” he said. “When I got back and found out that Greg had rang my house and told my dad about the loan move, and I was made up.

“I’ve trained with the lads now and they seem a great bunch. I’m looking forward to working with them.

“I feel confident in myself, I’ve been working really hard and feel really fit, so I’m hoping I can get straight into the team and get going,” said the left-back, who has had previous loan spells in League Two with Barnet and Morecambe.

“I know Carlisle try to play football and Greg [Abbott] has told me what to expect as a left-sided defender. He wants me to support my winger at the right time and always to show my opponent outside. The full-backs here have got to try and play football."

Mustoe has made one start for Wigan this season, in an FA Cup win at Macclesfield, and is regarded as a promising player by manager Roberto Martinez.

The Birkenhead-born player hopes he can help United climb up the League One table whilst proving he is getting closer to being ready for regular top-flight involvement.

“He [Martinez] is brilliant – he knows everything about the game, watches a lot of football and his sessions are very good, you rarely get the same type of training,” Mustoe added.

“Every day I learn something new. Now this move will help me get some good League One experience, show I can handle this level and maybe next year step up again and challenge for the first team.

“It’s up to me to make the most of it. I want to get Carlisle up the league and be a better player when I go back to Wigan.

“The game this weekend will be massive. MK Dons are a great team, a good passing team, but I think we can match them.”

Tomorrow’s game will see centre-half Sean O’Hanlon face the club where he spent five seasons from 2006-2011.

The Cumbrians are bidding to extend a five-match unbeaten Brunton Park run against the 12th placed Dons, who have not won in six league matches.

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