James has signed for Carlisle United on a half-season loan deal until midnight on 1 January 2014.
"We've watched Reece a number of times and he's one we think will add to the squad in a very positive way," said Abbott.
"He's keen and hungry to be involved and he's one we're really looking forward to working with. He's a good footballer and a hard worker and he really wants to be here.
"Hopefully this type of move will give him time to settle and make the type of impact we think he's capable of making."