Miguel Comminges For United Loan Spell

Miguel Comminges
The Guadeloupe international began his footballing life on that Caribbean archipelago of islands after being born in Les Abymes in 1982. Comminges playing for Petit Club Rapid Canal as a junior before coming over to Amiens in France as a 15-year old to join a sports studies course, before at the age of 17 playing for the CFA2 reserve side in Amiens.

Comminges, who actually started his career as a forward at youth level, was only on an amateur contract in Picardy though despite playing several first team games for Amiens and so, through his agent, moved on to Stade Reims in the summer of 2003 on a professional deal, although he did have to drop down the French football pyramid from tier two to tier three to secure his contract.

Life at that level was short though as Reims were promoted in his first season and three more years followed at the Stade Auguste Delaune before he was spotted in 2007 by then Swindon Town manager Paul Sturrock who was on a scouting tour. Sturrock eventually offering the defender a one-year deal in July of that year after a successful trial spell at the County Ground.

In his one and only season with Swindon Comminges made 39 starts and eight substitute appearances for the Robins and was also voted their player of the year. The Guadeloupian international turned down a new contract at the Wiltshire club in June 2008 though and moved up a division on a two-year deal to join Championship side Cardiff City under the tutelage of Dave Jones.

Times have been much harder with the Bluebirds though as Comminges in his first season with Cardiff made just 11 starts and 22 substitute appearances. Things not getting better in the 2009-10 campaign either as he made just one start, in the Carling Cup first round against Dagenham, and one substitute appearance before almost four months into the season in early December 2009 he was injured in a freak training accident.

The Bluebirds defender suffering a detached medial ligament in his left knee after falling heavily in a challenge with Jay Bothroyd. The initial diagnosis being a two month absence only for the 28-year old to not feature for the rest of the season after injuring his cruciate ligament in the same knee on his return to training with City.

Comminges was given a further six-month deal from July to December though with Cardiff boss Dave Jones keeping Comminges on purely to allow him the time and facilities to regain fitness. With Jones then commenting in October: "We are getting him fit and ready to play somewhere else. He knows we are not going to re-sign him."

So, with the Guadeloupian, who has never scored at first-team level in English football, out of contract in just over a month at the Cardiff City Stadium that is where Carlisle come in with their need for an extra body at the back due to injuries with Comminges presumably now back to full fitness after a year out. The loan spell with United taking up him to the end of his Bluebirds contract with then perhaps a view to a more permanent deal with the Cumbrians.

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