YOUNG Sunderland midfielder Liam Noble has joined Carlisle United for a second loan spell.
The 20-year-old, who impressed on loan at Brunton Park last season, has rejoined the club on an initial six-month loan deal which will keep him with the Cumbrians until the beginning of January 2012.
Noble proved to be an influential figure for the League One side, making 18 appearances, scoring three goals and capping off his stay by picking up a winner’s medal in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Wembley.
The deal is good news for Carlisle boss Greg Abbott, who was desperate to get the youngster back at the club.
Noble has just agreed a year-long contract extension with Sunderland, who believe that the central midfielder is still capable of improvement and that regular first-team football at a lower level will help him fulfil his potential.
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce said: “Liam gained valuable experience at Carlisle last season, including an appearance at Wembley. We will continue to monitor his development and wish him all the best.”