Lancaster City snap up Craig Carney after midfielder leaves Kendal

Craig Carney in action for Bamber Bridge.

Craig Carney in action for Bamber Bridge.

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Craig Carney has returned to Lancaster City after leaving rivals Kendal Town.

The midfielder, who started the season as Mintcakes captain, was one of a number of senior players let go by the Parkside Road outfit a couple of weeks ago.

Craig Carney

Craig Carney

City boss Phil Brown has moved quickly to snap up a player he knows well, having brought Carney to the club when assistant to Tony Hesketh.

Having been linked with other clubs while impressing for Kendal this season Brown was delighted to get his man and hopes he will be able to make his second Dolly Blues debut against Scarborough Athletic at Giant Axe on Saturday.

Brown, who first coached Carney at Myerscough College, said: “He’s been carrying a knock for the last week or two but hopefully he’s going to come in to contention for Saturday.

“He’s a welcome addition in the midfield area and I hope the fans are looking forward to watching him play as much as I am.”

Carney, who was partnered in the Dolly Blues midfield by Morecambe’s Alex Kenyon during his first spell at the club, saw a promising career at Giant Axe curtailed by a broken leg picked up while playing in an English Colleges fixture back in November 2011.

He then had spells at Bamber Bridge, Northwich Victoria and Squires Gate before settling at Parkside Road.

The in-demand skipper was however to become one of five senior players, including recently departed City players Garry Hunter and Aaron Taylor, to leave Kendal as the club cut their budget.

Brown said: “I originally brought him to Lancaster when I was here with Tony and he started the season really well before picking up a broken leg.

“It took him a bit of time to get back to that place but he’s really progressed as a player.

“He’s started the season really well at Kendal and I’m delighted to secure such a good player.”

Elsewhere, Brown’s search for a new striker continues but the City boss admits it is a difficult position to recruit.

He said: “Work is still ongoing and I’ve made enquiries.

“But trying to get someone in in that position can be difficult at this point of the season.”