Carlisle have declared their interest in bringing Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine back to the club after the striker was released from prison on Thursday.
Cumbrians boss Graham Kavanagh has been in touch with Madine during his jail term.
“I sent him letters to keep his spirits up and if Wednesday decide he’s not their cup of tea, I’d take him without a shadow of a doubt,” Kavanagh told BBC Radio Cumbria.
“I’d hoped to visit Gary and was in contact with his uncle to try and sort it but I didn’t manage to get over.
“He’s still under contract, but I think there is a real possibility that Sheffield Wednesday could let him go.
“There’s a new manager now that may want to look at him first, but certainly I would be interested in signing him.”
Owls manager Stuart Gray had also been in contact with Madine and said: “I’ve been to see him. I needed to have a good hour with him, a nice chat. He’d due to see us all next week, the chairman, Paul Aldridge and myself.”
Gray said the player was, “very remorseful, very apologetic; realises he’s been a silly boy; but I think he’s looking forward to getting his boots back on as well.”
Madine was jailed for 18 months, and served four, after he was found guilty of knocking two men unconscious in separate nightclub attacks in Sheffield.