Parker completes Carlisle loan move

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LEEDS United’s Pontefract-born defender Ben Parker has completed his loan move to League One side Carlisle United.

The 24-year-old left-back is looking to get his career back on track and will aim to build his match fitness while at Carlisle for an initial one month, taking him up to February 25.

Carlisle manager Gregg Abbott, who was a youth team coach at Leeds when Parker was coming through the ranks, is delighted to add the Ponte lad to his squad as they look to push on for a play-off place.

He said: “We asked about Ben because he’s one I know really well.

“He’s a good player who needs games, and he’s one who will add to the depth we have here.

“He’s another who is versatile and he is chomping at the bit to be involved, so we’re more than happy to have him here.”

Parker is now fully fit after a two-and-a-half injury nightmare and Leeds boss Simon Grayson is keen for him to play some competitive games and regain his sharpness.

He said: “This is something we’ve been looking at for a few weeks now.

“Ben has had a very, very difficult few years with injury and it’s testament to him and the physios that he has come through it and is back playing again.

“The physios have been keeping a close on eye him over the past few weeks with the increase in training and the games, and he has come through well.

“The next logical step once he was playing again was a loan move to play some competitive games and with Carlisle going so well at the moment this is a move that suits everyone.”