Birth Date: 13 Feb 1979
Birthplace: Washington, England
Position: Midfielder
Appearances: 141
Goals: 7
Joined: 8 Sept 2006


12. Paul Thirlwell

Paul Thirlwell initially joined the Cumbrians on a three-month loan deal from Derby County in September 2006.

He started his career at Sunderland, making 77 first team appearances, and enjoyed a loan spell with Swindon prior to signing for Sheffield United in the summer of 2004, before moving on to the Rams in the summer of 2005.

His loan spell at Brunton Park went extremely well - so well, in fact, that he signed a two and a half year contract during the January 2007 transfer window.

A holding midfielder, he has taken on the duty of breaking up the play and doing the hard work across the centre of the park.

Injury wrecked his 2007/08 campaign, but he put that behind him and regularly gives a real captain’s display as he leads by example.

His solid displays earned him a new one-year deal this summer and he has once again been given the nod to take the role as club captain.