Lambe Leaves Mansfield For Carlisle United

June 6, 2016

Bermudian football Reggie Lambe has been signed to League Two side Carlisle United, leaving Mansfield Town after being offered what is reported to be a “more financial-better off deal” at Carlisle.

Carlisle United Comments

The club’s announcement said, “Carlisle United have today signed Bermudian international Reggie Lambe on a one-year deal [with an option] which keeps him at Brunton park until at least the summer of 2017.

“Lambe, 25, cut his teeth in the game in the youth ranks at Ipswich and made six appearances whilst at Portman Road. He enjoyed a loan spell with Bristol Rovers, prior to a move to Canada to play with Toronto FC in the MLS, where he became a Championship winner in 2012.

“A three-month move to Sweden’s Nykopings BIS followed where he played 12 games and earned himself a trial with Mansfield Town on a two-year deal. He made his debut for the Stags in their 3-2 home victory over Carlisle United in September 2014 where he came on as a 74th minute substitute for Fergus Bell.:

Head of recruitment Lee Dykes said: “People like Reggie can unlock doors for you in difficult situations. He’s a wide player who can come in off the line, or go down it, and he’s good with both feet.

“We’ll be able to play Reggie in a number of positions, but we’ve spoken to him and we know what his best position will be.

“Reggie had more financially lucrative offers to go and play at the same level, or higher, but he’s chosen to come here and that’s something we’re very pleased about.”

Carlisle United said this deal remains subject to the clearance of all paperwork.

Mansfield Town Comments

Mansfield Town’s Adam Murray said, “Obviously we offered Reggie something at the end of the season/start of the summer, and Reggie’s been offered a better, more financial-better off deal up at Carlisle so we respect his decision, we felt that what we offered Reggie was value for money.

“We spoke to Reggie a lot last season about his end product and that final pass or more of a goal input from that position was needed to take the value up on the player. I think Reggie scored some important goals for us, but probably not quite enough for that position, so we felt the deal we offered Reggie was good value for the player.

“He’s been brilliant for me, Reg, but he’s chosen to take a better offer at Carlisle and we don’t hold that against him, we wish him all the best.”

“A little bit of our conversation was obviously getting the value for the player and the output that we got from Reggie in terms of assists and goals, but also balancing that up [with] the fact that we lose Reggie for a few weeks every season [on international duty], which is a bit of a pain in the backside.

“He’s chosen to go away in two seasons now when we’ve come to the ‘nitty-gritty’ part of the season, so that was all weighed up in the contract we offered and Carlisle have chosen to put something on the table which Reggie finds interesting and we didn’t think that the value was to match that.

“Fair play to Reg, we wish him all the best in the future and as long as he has an off-day against us, we’ll be fine.”

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