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'Keeper makes Blues switch

Filed: Saturday, 21st February 2015
By: Staff Writer

Carlisle United have signed West Ham's reserve goalkeeper Raphael Spiegel on a short-term loan deal.

The 22-year-old - who will wear the number 24 shirt at Brunton Park - is yet to make a single first team appearance for West ham but will spend the next month with the League Two side.

Blues' goalkeeping coach Tony Caig told Carlisle's website that he was looking forward to working with Spiegel, who the club had been tracking for a while. "Ive known about him for over 12 months now," said Caig. "He was actually in our thoughts last season, when we brought Jordan Pickford in on loan.

Bobby Mimms is down at West Ham at the moment, and I spoke to him and Neil McDonald about Raphael to get their thoughts on where he is at. They both rate him highly and they think hes one with a real future.

Ive watched him play a couple of times and weve been given a lot of footage to review as well. Hes a good size, hes mobile and vocal, and hes a Swiss Under 21 international so he has a very good pedigree.

West Ham are looking for him to make that next step and an opportunity to get out and play some football provides that opening for him. He definitely has good attributes but he has to come here now and back all of that up.

He joined us for his first training session on Friday morning and he has already asked questions about how we do certain things and how we work. Thats really good to see. Hes shown us a bit of his personality and he seems to have a confident head on his shoulders."

The Cumbrian side are currently 20th in League Two, just two points above the drop zone. Spiegel will remain with Carlisle until 21 March.

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