New Left-back in

Last updated : 16 January 2020 By Paddock Pundit

From the News and Star:


Carlisle United have today completed their fourth January signing - Blackpool left-back Nick Anderton.

The 23-year-old has joined the Blues on a permanent deal.

Anderton has signed an 18-month contract at Brunton Park.

It sees the defender end a one-and-a-half year spell at Bloomfield Road.

He had previously been with Barrow, initially on loan and then joining the south Cumbrian side permanently from Preston.

He has made just five appearances for Blackpool this season, including one against Carlisle in the EFL Trophy.

That October outing is his last appearance to date, Anderton having recently returned to fitness following a leg fracture.

He made 27 appearances in total for Blackpool, as well as 25 for Accrington in a loan spell last season.

United head coach Chris Beech said on the club website: "He’ll bring experience, quality and strength.

“He’s played in League One and he was doing very well at Barrow before that, which meant that Blackpool paid good money for him.

“He was at Accrington [on loan] during the first half of last season and did very well, so I’m very excited that he’s here."

Beech added: “He’s gone about his career the hard way, but that means he’s got real character and it sometimes helps a player to become very committed.

“From speaking to him I know this is a challenge he’s looking forward to. He wants to make an impact and he wants to help us to win games.

"He knows he has to earn the right to be in the team, but he’s coming here very focused and in a positive frame of mind.”

Anderton is understood to be the player Beech had spoken about earlier in the week who had been lined up for a medical at Brunton Park.

He joins fellow new boys Elliot Watt, Max Hunt and Joshua Kayode in the squad, and could make his debut at Oldham on Saturday.

The 6ft 2in new signing can also play at centre-half.

Blackpool chief executive Ben Mansford said today: "Nick is at the stage now where he needs to go and play regular games again. 

"He’s been a fantastic lad around the place and we wish him well in this next chapter of his career.”