Date: 28th November 2015 at 4:16pm
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Courtney Meppen-Walter’s seemed destined to leave Carlisle since the end of last season when it was made clear to the former Man City defender, who trained with Bolton earlier in the campaign, he wasn’t in Keith Curle’s future plans.

He’s left and isn’t coming back but Steven Rigg, who left United for a loan spell with Barrow until the New Year, could and in actually fact probably will.

Rigg’s loan with the National League side was confirmed on the Official Website earlier this week with the forward at Barrow until 2nd January.

The 23-year-old has made six first-team appearances this season with Curle praising his performances this term but feels he lacks consistency so this will give him the chance of playing week-in-week-out until the end of the year.

He said.

‘Steven came back to us for pre-season in excellent condition. The only thing missing for him at the moment is consistent game time. He’s been training exceptionally well but he hasn’t been able to cap that off on a Saturday by starting a game.

‘He hasn’t quite managed to force himself into the match day 18 as much as he would have liked, and I need him to be getting that game time as much as he does. I can’t speak highly enough of how well he learns and how hard he works, but he’s the kind of lad who needs to be involved in the competitive side of things as well.’

Carlisle can recall the former Penrith man after 28-days if he’s needed at Brunton Park.

As for Meppen-Walter, the 21-year-old agreed to mutually end his deal with United earlier this week so he can ‘explore his options.’

On his exit Curle added.

‘This is an opportunity for him to get out there and further his career. He’s not playing games here and he knows that it’s a situation which isn’t going to change quickly for him.

‘I completely understand some people will disagree with this simply because of the ability he has. We’ve all seen what he can produce and I don’t have any problem with the ability levels he has in him at all.

‘He hasn’t been able to develop his game in line with the way we want to play at this moment in time and he’s found himself to be down the pecking order for a while now.’

Curle stressed ‘he hasn’t been an ounce of trouble’ and he had actually been one of those at the club that ‘everyone thinks the world of’ with him backed to get his career back on track and, of course, wished well for the future.

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