Ben Amos loaned to Carlisle United

by Tracey Germaine

Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Amos has gone out on a month loan to Carlisle United which will end on 14 December 2013.

Carlisle United suffered an injury blow last weekend when their keeper Mark Gillespie tore a muscle behind his knee which could keep him out for six to eight weeks.

The Carlisle manager Graham Kavanagh was keen to get things sorted quickly.

“Tony Caig made quite a few phone calls to get things sorted out and, as usual, Manchester United have been fantastic with us,” he said.

“They wanted him to come to us and play because he hasn’t had games recently. They think very highly of him, so this fits perfectly with what they want for him at the moment.

“I’ve seen him quite a few times over the years, because we do get to a number of their Under-21 games, and he’s a good, all-round keeper. He wouldn’t be at that club if he wasn’t.”

Amos, 23, won’t be eligible to play in the FA Cup games but he’ll be available for the league games. He has had a number of loans spells at Peterborough, Molde, Oldham and Hull City. He has also been capped by England at youth and Under-21s level.

“He’s had a number of loans so he also has plenty of first team experience,” he continued.

“We’ve spoken to him at length and he is desperate to play. He wants to be in a first team environment and he’s looking forward to being under that little bit of pressure where results really matter again. Everything points to the fact that this should be a good one for us.”

This isn’t the first time Carlisle United have loaned players from Manchester United. Most recently, full-back Reece James was there at the start of this season until injury brought that loan to an early end.

Kavanagh added: “I think it’s something which started with Greg [Abbott] when we first brought James Chester in. Sir Alex Ferguson phoned Greg right at the start of that deal and told him to treat James as if he was our player. However, he wanted a weekly report on things like his attitude, his energy levels, his performance and how he conducted himself as a person.

“We did that for Sir Alex and it showed that we were prepared to look after his players in the correct manner. That built up a level of trust and it has definitely made situations like this easier.”

“The most important thing about this move is that it brings competition in a vital area,” Kavanagh said. “I thought Greg [Fleming] was really good the other night, but I wanted to get someone alongside him with a bit of experience to make sure that everyone stays on their toes. The competition starts as soon as Ben comes in for training today and, whatever happens for Saturday, Greg will have another chance to perform on Tuesday night.

“We’ll see how they both react today and we’ll go forward from there. As always with your keepers, they should enjoy working with each other and they’ll both try their best to be the one who gets the nod.”

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