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Boss sure Wells will excite fans

Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott feels sure the club's new capture Nahki Wells will excite the club's supporters.

The 19-year-old is poised to put pen-to-paper with United until the end of the season when he returns to England on New Year's Day.

Abbott said the former Dandy Town striker will not immediately be in his first-team plans but admits he is looking forward to working with Wells.

“He is very quick with great ability on the ball and we think he is one that will excite people,” Abbott told the News & Star newspaper in Carlisle.

Wells has been studying in England with the International Academic and Soccer Academy (IASA) in Leeds and was recommended to Abbott by his former Bradford team-mate Mark Ellis, who has worked with Wells in the IASA.

The Bermuda international impressed the United boss in a short trial spell earlier this season.

Abbott added: “With his university commitments and with the weather hampering our training, we haven't seen a great deal of him.

“But we have seen enough to think he may be a good acquisition. Hopefully Nahki will show us enough to make an impression in England.

“He hasn't come as a first-team player now and the financial side of the deal reflects that. We just need to be patient and see how he develops.”

Wells had also attracted the interest of Championship side Hull City after plundering a hat-trick against their reserves while playing for the IASA earlier this season.

Carlisle are currently 12th in the League One table and are a game away from playing at Wembley in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Dandy Town coach Jomar Wilkinson, who worked with Wells during his MVP 2009-2010 season, is thrilled to see another of the club's homegrown products turn professional.

Wells is the fourth Hornets player to join the pro ranks behind Paul Cann, Khano Smith and Reggie Lambe.

“I'm elated for Nahki, we have watched him come through the ranks and develop into a special player,” he said.

“We've had a lot of young players come through the club who have gone pro and that shows we're doing things right in our youth development programme.”

United boss Greg Abbott

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Published December 23, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 23, 2010 at 7:19 am)

Boss sure Wells will excite fans

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