Carlisle United receive transfer boost in 30-y/o pursuit

Carlisle United have received a boost in their reported pursuit of Jamie Devitt, with the Blackpool misfit being told to ‘sort his situation out’ according to the Blackpool Gazette.

Devitt joined Blackpool last summer but was quickly loaned to Bradford City where he only managed a handful of appearances. He’s clearly surplus to requirements at Bloomfield Road, with former employers Carlisle hopeful of adding him to their ranks for the upcoming season. He hasn’t been given a squad number by the Seasiders and manager Neil Critchley has made the situation abundantly clear.

“Jamie knows the situation, he’s been spoken to about it,” Critchley told The Blackpool Gazette. “He has a few weeks to sort out that situation, so we will wait and remain patient and see what happens.”

The much-travelled attacking midfielder scored twelve goals for League Two Carlisle United in thirty-eight appearances across all competitions in 2018/19. He arrived at Brunton Park from Morecambe in 2016, and he previously enjoyed a loan spell at Valley Parade while he was beginning his career as a Hull City player. He made eight outings for the Bantams in 2011, one of several club’s he played for on loan during his four-year stay with the Tigers.

Both Carlisle and Bolton have pursued the player for much of the summer, but neither has managed to reach an agreement with him as yet. It’s been revealed today that Bolton will not be following up their interest, meaning Carlisle should have a free hit at the player, should they so desire. However, with time now ticking away, it looks as though he is going to be pushed out of the Bloomfield Road door, one way or another.

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Devitt was a real schemer for Carlisle and when Terry McDermott signed him for Blackpool, he looked like a wise acquisition.

Sadly, for him and Blackpool fans, Simon Grayson joined the club and froze him out. Whilst the fans were given a reprieve as Grayson left and Critchley came in, Devitt was still frozen out after his disappointing Bradford spell. Doubtless, he’ll want first-team football this season and he could be a huge asset to any League two club.
That will come at a cost though; wages will be an issue for anyone with the current salary cap and finding a deal that works for all parties might not be that easy.

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