Conor Townsend: Hull defender rejoins Carlisle on loan

Hull defender Conor Townsend has joined Carlisle on loan for a second spell, this time until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old returned to his parent club in November having played 16 times in a three-month spell at Brunton Park.

Carlisle - the loan rangers

Loan players to join Carlisle United season:

  • Ben Amos
  • Troy Archibald-Henville
  • Adam Campbell
  • Nathan Ecclestone
  • Max Ehmer
  • Tom Lawrence
  • Josh Morris
  • Craig Roddan
  • Conor Townsend

The deals of Carlisle loanees Ben Amos, Craig Roddan, Tom Lawrence, Josh Morris and Max Ehmer all expired on 2 January.

"It's a boost as on top of those that left, Sean O'Hanlon, Paul Thirlwell and Courtney Meppen-Walter have knocks," Kavanagh told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"Sean has a knee injury, Paul's pulled his calf and Courtney's rolled his ankle - we're the walking wounded at the moment."

Meanwhile, Carlisle have brought in former Middlesbrough and Republic of Ireland winger Alan Moore to fill their vacancy for a head of youth development.

He was previously in a similar role at League Two Bury.

"We have an audit coming up to try and attain category three youth status so this is a vital appointment," Kavanagh explained.

"If we miss out and get category four, it means we can't have a proper academy with under-16s and that would be hugely disappointing."