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Last updated : 15 January 2008 By Thetashkentterror
Evan Horwood in his time at Gretna
Perennial Sheffield United loanee Horwood has finally made a permanent move away from Bramall Lane this morning after signing for Carlisle on a free transfer, albeit with an undisclosed sell-on clause attached. 21-year old Horwood moving to Brunton Park on a two and a half year contract, seemingly as a future replacement for aging United left-back Zigor Aranalde.

The Hartlepool-born defender has just finished a five month loan spell at Scottish Premier League strugglers Gretna, where he made 17 starts, while scoring two goals in the process. The Carlisle coaching staff have apparently watched Horwood six times before deciding to take the plunge on picking him up on a long-term contract and it remains to see what part he will play in the first-team squad this season.

Coming through the Sheffield United Academy from signing up as a trainee in 2004 the left-back only made one substitute appearance in his time at Bramall Lane, that coming in a 2-0 Carling Cup defeat at Reading in October 2005. Horwood already having been out on a loan spell, at Stockport, by that stage in his career, where he made nine starts.

The loans don't stop there though as, apart from Gretna and Stockport, he has also been at Scunthorpe (no games played), York City (five starts), Chester (one start) and Darlington (21 starts). Interestingly the one match he played in for Chester being their 5-0 League Two thumping at Brunton Park in February 2006.

Now he has the chance to put down some real roots though as he will be with the Cumbrians until the summer of 2010. Horwood hoping to make the left-back spot his own in the future, although Carlisle boss John Ward has already said that the 21-year old is also able to play in the centre of defence or on the left-hand side of midfield, where he does like to get forward.

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