The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

CARLISLE boss Keith Curle has de­fended his train­ing regime af­ter Billy Payn­ter and Gary Dicker ap­pealed against fines for miss­ing ses­sions.

The Pro­fes­sional Foot­ballers’ As­so­ci­a­tion has re­vealed it is sup­port­ing striker Payn­ter, 30, and mid­fielder Dicker, 28, af­ter they re­fused to at­tend a ses­sion for non first­team­ers.

Curle, 51, said: “Their re­spon­si­bil­ity is to make them­selves avail­able at those par­tic­u­lar times if they are of the right fit­ness ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

“As long as they’re be­ing asked to do a rea­son­able amount of train­ing at rea­son­able times, they should at­tend.

“I can’t see why any­one would com­plain, even if they had to turn up at eight o’clock for a game of bad­minton if it would help their ca­reer.”

De­spite nei­ther player hav­ing fea­tured this year, in part due to in­jury, Curle has not ruled out them stay­ing at the club.

He added: “I’ve not closed the door on any­body’s ca­reer at this foot­ball club.”

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