Carlisle United have signed Blackpool forward Mark Cullen on loan until the end of the season.
Cullen is currently recovering from injury having been out with a stress fracture to his leg since November, which has restricted him to four goals in sixteen appearances for the Tangerines so far this season.
The twenty-six-year-old striker came through the youth ranks at Hull City, making twenty-eight appearances for the Tigers, including four in the Premier League.
He joined the Seasiders in 2015 following a successful stint at Luton Town where he scored twenty-two goals in seventy-seven appearances. Cullen has scored twenty-six goals for Blackpool in one hundred and eight appearances the most famous of which was a goal in the 2016 League Two Play-off Final against Exeter City. This came after a hat-trick against his old club Luton Town in the semi-final.
Speaking about the deal on the clubs official website, Carlisle manager Steven Pressley said the forward “turned down the opportunity to go to a League One club to come here, and he’s very hungry to do well.”
“That tells you he was very keen to join us, which is a great aspect because I want players who want to be here.”
Pressley continued “He’s had promotion from this league, and he’s a very hard working striker that possesses the type of character we’ve been looking to bring in,’ and claimed he had “a proven track record” for scoring goals at League Two level.
“I think it’s a very good acquisition for us. He is still a couple of weeks away from full fitness, following his injury, but he’s back in training now and working hard. He’s probably is a couple of weeks away from being fully ready.”
Cullen is United’s third signing of the window after the arrivals of loanee Connor Simpson from Preston and Arthur Gnahoua following his release from Shrewsbury Town.
Carlisle currently placed fourth in League Two, two points off the automatic promotion places on fifty-three points. They travel to Crewe at the weekend.
The player’s fitness will be crucial to this deal being a success. Cullen has struggled with injury for the past two seasons, but if he can get fit, he will be an excellent signing for Carlisle.
Its a gamble but one worth taking. If the striker can stay on the pitch and off the treatment table, he has the goals in him to cement the Cumbrians in the play-off places at the end of the season and maintain their outside chance of an automatic spot.