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LUFC Carlisle keen to keep Leeds duo

Carlisle United are hoping to work something out with Leeds United over the next few days as Mike Grella and Lubomir Michalik come to the end of their loan spells.

Both players came to the end of their loan deals at Brunton Park today and both were involved in the sides 2-1 defeat at Tranmere Rovers.

Carlisle boss Greg Abbott is hoping to work something out with Leeds, as he is keen to keep the pair. Speaking on the Carlisle United official website, Abbott said, "We`re working away at getting definite answers on our loan players, and with Lubo and Mike we have had serious conversations with both."

Grella still has one and a half years to run on his Elland Road contract and with first team chances limited they might want him to continue to gain experience away from Leeds.

The American striker has made eleven appearances since arriving on loan, scoring three goals.

The 23 year old has made just two appearances for Leeds this season when he came off the bench in the opening two games of the season.

Abbot is hoping that he can keep Grella but says his hands are tied until Leeds make a decision, "There`s a decision for Leeds United to make before we can try to do anything else," he continued.

Leeds boss Simon Grayson told Michalik during the summer that he had no future at Elland Road and to actively look for a new club.

Carlisle came in for the Slovakian defender on loan, on the final day of the August transfer window, keeping him at Brunton Park until January 4th.

Michalik as impressed since arriving and has made fifteen appearances and chipping in with two goals.

Speaking about Michalik, Abbot said, "The situation with Lubo is that he is looking to earn himself a deal somewhere, not just for the remainder of this season but for the season after. His contract is up in the summer so he is thinking longer term."

Leeds will also see a number of other players return to Elland Road over the course of this week with Liam Darville, Tom Elliott and Alan Martin coming to the end of their loans.

So far only Tom Lees, who was also due back this week as agreed a deal to stay out on loan for the remainder of the season with Bury, where he as made over twenty appearances in the first half of the season.


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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 3 2011

Time: 8:39PM

Your Comments

We need Michalik off the payroll, must be on high wages at Elland Road compared to some. We should come to some agreement like we did wit Robinson to terminate his contract. Regarding Grella, he can go as well, this loan spell at Carlisle was a chance for him to get regular first team football and see how many goals he can get. Seems he's back to warming the bench and only netted three times. He's last in quite a long queue of strikers at Elland Road.
dazza71
Can't see either having any impact at E R, so lets have them off the pay roll
Tiny T
Greg Abbott says a couple of other clubs are after Michalik so he may get fixed up sooner rather than later. hes a cult hero at carlisle. Abbott would also like Grella (who he rates and has been playing just behind the strikers) but says ER are still keen on keeping him longer term.
erni
Grella would be good alternative to johnson for me - goal minded midfield is how I saw him and thats how hes working out in carslisle
simonfire1
Billy Bremner a.k.a. Coco the Clown.That really is THE worst statue.
BigBadBobbyC 9
I'd have Grella back as a midfielder Leeds have plenty of strikers and he has a lot of pace and a few tricks...
iwa
Get them both off the wage bill and lets bring in players actually pushing for a first team spot.
King Billy
 

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