Former Sunderland Striker Makes League Two Move

Former Sunderland striker Charlie Wyke has signed for League Two side Carlisle United, according to the club’s official website.

Wyke joins the Cumbrians on a two-year deal after being released by previous club Wigan Athletic following a season on loan at Rotherham United.

The 31-year-old returns to Brunton Park for a second spell after playing at the club from 2015 to 2017, scoring 38 times in 89 appearances.

Prior to his first stint at Carlisle, Wyke came through the academy at hometown club Middlesbrough, failing to make an appearance and being sent on a range of loans before his move to the North West.

Following his spell at United, Wyke moved to Bradford City scoring 23 in 62 games, earning his move to the Stadium of Light. The striker spent three years at the Black Cats, netting 42 times before moving to Wigan. His spell at the Latics has been less successful, with 15 goals, although Wyke has had health issues to contend with after suffering a cardiac arrest in November 2021.

Speaking to the club’s official channels, Carlisle manager Paul Simpson said, “As you can imagine, I’m absolutely delighted to get Charlie back into the club.

“Everyone can see from his record that he is a proven goal scorer and we’re all really looking forward to working with him.”

It’s been a busy summer in Cumbria, and Wyke becomes the club’s sixth signing of the transfer window alongside the likes of Terell Thomas and Ethan Robson.

Fans of the side will be hoping Wyke can spur them on to a better campaign than 2023-24 where the club finished rock bottom of League One, and Paul Simpson’s outfit are certainly showing their willingness to make changes to put things right.

Writer’s View

This is a coup for Carlisle, who had a poor season last term, and need some firepower to get themselves back to League One at the first attempt. Wyke provides just that, and fans will be hoping he recreates his form from his first spell at the club. For Wyke himself this is a wise move; it’s a chance to regain his form of old at a club he knows well and where he will undoubtedly be the star man.

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