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Carlisle expect more deals

Carlisle managing director John Nixon expects more summer signings following the arrivals of Billy Paynter and Gary Dicker.

Paynter and Dicker signed for the Cumbrians on Friday following their release from Doncaster and Crawley respectively, while Danny Grainger and Anthony Sweeney had already joined the club.

Nixon told the club's website: "There's been a lot of work going on over the summer period and we're starting to see the reward for that now.

"It's been another lesson in patience and persistence for us all, and we appreciate that it can get frustrating for the fans when they haven't heard anything for a while.

"We've seen on so many occasions in the past, these things do take time and we believe our policy of saying almost nothing until the deals are confirmed is probably the best way ahead for all parties concerned.

"A lot of the work on these agreements, and those still to come, has had to be done remotely due to holidays, courses and things like that, but that's all part and parcel of the way the business works.

"(Graham) Kavanagh has done a lot of leg work, in terms of getting the signings over the line, and from there it's a case of finalising the details before we all get ready to make an announcement."

Nixon added that a deal for another year at the club had been verbally agreed with Paul Thirlwell, but fellow midfielder James Berrett has still not agreed to his new offer.