Carlisle United to release Leon McSweeney in January

Carlisle United have announced defender Leon McSweeney will leave the club when his contract expires on 4 January 2014.

The 29-year-old was signed on a four-month deal by former manager Greg Abbott in September.

Disappointing but understand reasons. Played 10, won six, drawn two, lost two not too shabby though

Leon McSweeney on Twitter

He has started 10 games for the club but last played a league match in early November.

Since then, new manager Graham Kavanagh has signed full-back Courtney Meppen-Walter and agreed a loan extension for centre-half Max Ehmer.

Kavanagh told the club's website:  "It's always a difficult decision but we have Pascal Chimbonda playing very well and Brad Potts improving all the time.

"We're in a situation where we can't afford to carry three right-backs and Leon was very understanding when I spoke to him."