Carlisle United sign Aussie defender Jack Iredale

Carlisle United sign Aussie defender Jack Iredale

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Another Australian defender will be joining the ranks of English football in 2019-20, with the announcement on Wednesday morning that Jack Iredale would be joining Carlisle United for the upcoming season.

A left-sided defender, Iredale had spent the previous season with Scottish Championship side Greenock Morton, making 36 appearances across all competitions one goal and five assists.

Born in Scotland, Iredale moved first to New Zealand and then Australia at a young age.

Spending time at the AIS – representing Australia’s U17 side ten times – the youngster then moved into the system of A-League side Perth Glory before moving to NPL WA side ECU Joondalup and, eventually, returning to his homeland to play with Morton.

As well as his time spent with The Ton, Iredale had a loan stint at Scottish League One side Queen’s Park FC.

He will now make the move South of Hadrian’s Wall – although not too far – to ply his trade with English League Two side Carlisle United after signing a one-year-deal.

“Jack is a good size,” Carlisle Manager Steven Pressley said.

“He’s athletic and he’s very quick. I’d say that at this moment in time he has real strengths in his attacking play, and that’s something we know we want to work with.

“He’s also a good defender, let’s be clear on that, but as with any player there are always aspects you see as a coach that you think you can help to improve.

“When you’re bringing players to League Two you accept that you’re never going to find the complete player, but he has the raw attributes which can be utilised and developed, and that really excites us.

“He’s a good age, only 23, and he’s ambitious.

“I don’t want to work with a huge squad next season, so all the players I bring in will be vying for first team places, and that’s very much the case with Jack.

“He’ll be looked upon as a starter, but he still has to earn that jersey. We won’t be given anything away at all when it comes to team selection.”

Carlisle finished 11th in the highly competitive League Two in 2018-19 – just three points out of the promotion playoffs.

The Cumbrians were in the thick of chasing for the promotion playoffs despite the mid-season resignation of former manager John Sheridan, who resigned in January.

Forty-five-year-old Pressley arrived soon after. Capped 32-times for Scotland in his playing days, Pressley signed a one-year deal to return to Brunton Park in April.

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