Carlisle manager Greg Abbott is looking to strengthen his squad as soon as the January transfer window opens.

Abbott is putting a plan together to replace young striker Gary Madine should he leave for a higher division club.

"We're ready for it if it does happen," Abbott told BBC Radio Cumbria. "I want a better squad like any manager would."

He added: "What I've seen over the last six to eight weeks is that we can't rest on our laurels. There is still work to be done and still room for improvement.

"We want to make sure we have got a squad that is continuing to take the club forward by the end of the transfer window.

"There is not a great deal of money to throw at players but if I think somebody is going to improve us, I fight my case with the board."

Abbott is also ready to ensure that the club receive a good price if star man Madine moves on.

"I would be staggered if there wasn't interest in Gary," Abbott told the News & Star. "We have got to prepare ourselves for a bid.

"He is the youngest centre-forward leading the line in this division, has scored 13 goals and is playing very well.

"I am not going to drum up any advertisements that he is for sale because he isn't. But in a way, everyone is for sale."

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: