‘The Ball Is In His Court’ – Carlisle United Boss Provides Transfer Update

Carlisle United manager Paul Simpson has discussed the future of star midfielder Owen Moxon in an interview with BBC Radio Cumbria Sport.

A member of the League Two Team of the Season last year as well as scooping up numerous accolades at the club awards, it is easy to see that Carlisle’s recent success has coincided with the midfielder re-joining the club.

Moxon’s history with Carlisle goes quite far back, given he was both born in the city as well as playing for the club in his youth days. He would however never make a professional appearance for the Blues and would be subsequently let go in 2014, with his future up in the air.

The midfielder would however make a triumphant return to Brunton Park in 2022 after Paul Simpson made him his first summer signing of the summer window that year. Having joined from then-Scottish League Two side Annan Athletic, there were questions as to whether Moxon would be able to handle the transition to League Two football in England.

Those questions were quickly answered, with Moxon the standout player in Carlisle’s promotion season, and earning plenty of plaudits in the process. Although this season may not have gone as well as hoped for both club and player, Moxon has proved himself again in League One.

However as much as Carlisle’s status in the third tier come the end of the season is unknown, so is that of Moxon’s at the club, with just six months left on his contract having penned a two-year deal when arriving from Annan.

Plenty of teams have been linked with a move for the 25-year-old, both in the summer and also this January, but nothing is yet to materialise. Simpson has been vocal about how he wants Moxon to re-sign with the club and that an offer is on the table, yet no progress has been made as of yet.

Speaking to BBC Radio Cumbria Sport about the midfielder’s future, Simpson made it obvious that it was now Moxon’s decision rather than his about a new contract with the club.

“There’s been no movement, we’ve had more discussions, I met with his agent earlier this week but as I sit here I’ve had no response about that. So as far as I know there’s no movement.

“We want him to stay, we’ve made that perfectly clear. The new ownership group are no different to the previous ones, they want him to stay.

“The ball is in Owen Moxon’s court at the moment and not ours.”

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Although he may not want to, Simpson may choose to cash in on Moxon in January if the right offer is put on the table. It seems somewhat obvious that the midfielder might not be fully committed currently, potentially due to Carlisle’s position in the League One table.

With six months left on that said contract, the 25-year-old could be allowed to walk on a free come the summer, something that won’t go down well with Carlisle fans given his background. It wouldn’t come as a surprise to see Moxon move on this window and there is still plenty of time left for a move. Then again, if Carlisle are able to preserve their third tier status, the midfielder may just sign a new contract later on in the season, however that is if he doesn’t get a better offer from somewhere else prior.

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