Osman relishing Cumbrians cup tie

The midfielder enjoyed a spell on loan at Brunton Park in 2002-03,

scoring three goals in 15 appearances for the Cumbrians, and is

relishing the chance to play against the side that he has fond

memories of. “It’s a nice one for me. Going there on loan helped

start my career off so I’ve only got fond memories of the place,”

he told the club’s official website. “I was playing here for the

reserves but was told I could go to Carlisle if I wanted too. “I

went up there, met the staff, the management and the players and

fell in love with the place for a short while. It’s a proper club,

so to speak. It’s got great roots and a history behind it as well

and it was great to be there. It was only three months but it felt

like a lot longer because I was enjoying it. “Carlisle will be up

for the game. Any Football League club coming to a big Premier

League club is a fantastic occasion and a great day and they’ll be

hoping to be the giant killers of the round. “We have to make sure

we’re strong and avoid a repeat of what happened against Oldham a

few years ago.”