Thursday, August 5, 2010
Following five seasons at Sheffield Wednesday, new Carlisle United defender Frank Simek says he is settling in nicely at his new club.

Simek signed a two year contract with Carlisle earlier this summer and hopes to play a major role this season for the Cumbrians.

The St. Louis, Missouri native says that the transition has been a relatively easy one as his new teammates have warmly welcomed him into the fold.

"Things are going good here," Simek recently told YA. "I've been here about a month and feel like I have settled in. My teammates have been great and I'm enjoying it so far."

Even though his new home city of Carlisle is significantly smaller than his old stomping grounds, Simek adds that he likes his new surroundings and interacting with his new teammates both on and off the field has not been a problem.

"It was a bit of a change moving to Carlisle after such a long time at Sheffield," he admitted. "I hadn't ever been here before but I think it's a nice city. I knew of a fair number of guys on the team already from when I played against them so the transition hasn't been that tough."

Simek's last two-plus seasons with the Owls was marred by a series of injuries including a crippling knee injury that kept him out nearly a year.

Out to show his new employers that with a clean bill of health he can be a force on the back line, Simek once again suffered a slight injury in one of Carlisle's preseason matches.

Fortunately for the former Arsenal man it was just a slight groin strain as he eagerly awaits the start of the 2010-2011 League One campaign.

"My health is good. It was just a small injury. I rested for a few days and I now feel 100%," he concluded. "I'm more excited than anything for this season and hope to stay fit."

Simek and Carlisle open their League One season on Saturday at home versus Brentford before returning to action three days later in the first round of the Carling Cup against Huddersfield Town.

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