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Sunday, 26 October 2014

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Carlisle flier Symington attracting Premier League attention

Carlisle United’s talented teenager David Symington is already attracting the attention of big clubs, with Premier League side Sunderland eyeing the winger.

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In demand: Impressive winger David Symington is attracting attention from the Premier League

The impressive rise of Workington-born Symington has been the highlight of United’s season so far.

And his impact has not gone unnoticed, with scouts now making regular checks on his progress.

Sunderland were represented at Brunton Park last Tuesday’s home defeat to Doncaster, when the 18-year-old slammed home a stunning free kick.

The former St Joseph’s Catholic High School pupil, ex-Workington Reds loanee Mark Beck and newly capped England U19 international, all 18, all started the Doncaster match together for the first time.

News of top-flight interest in the home-grown teens will spark worries among fans that cash-strapped Carlisle’s ability to hold onto them could be tested.

But manager Greg Abbott insists he does not fear losing any of the trio, and says any interest in them is a tribute to their progress.

He said: “I’m not sure fear is the right word. I want them here and I want them developing.”

“They are all doing alright, but we must not get carried away because they will have tough times.

“They are all learning and the pitch-time they are getting is invaluable. None is ahead of the others, they are just going along well.

“We love working with these kids. We want everyone to be patient with them and understand where they are. They have a lot to do but they are doing well.”

Symington has forced his way into the first-team and has already scored four goals in three competitions.

He netted in the FA Cup, the Capital One Cup and opened his account in the Football League with a well-taken strike against Bournemouth.

And Symington also enjoyed a taste of Premier League quality, playing against Tottenham Hotspur in the Capital One Cup.

Marked by England international Kyle Walker, Symington made a number of good runs against the fullback.

Big striker Beck grabbed the headlines with two goals in Saturday’s 3-1 victory at Yeovil.

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