Carlisle United manager Keith Curle has decided to release three players on his end of season retained list. In addition to this, the Sky Bet League Two side have offered new contracts to six first-team players in the hope that they’ll stay.

At this point in time, Carlisle currently have 12 first-team players under contract for the upcoming season. Four youngsters have been promoted from the academy structure to further boost options in the squad too. Carlisle ended the season as losing play-off semi-finalists to Exeter City. After holding meetings with the manager, the rest of the squad now head away for their end of season break.

First choice goalkeeper Mark Gillespie has been offered a new contract. He appeared 46 times over the past season in the league and is certainly a key member of Curle’s starting eleven. Striker Jabo Ibehre is another the club are keen to retain, whilst central defender Michael Raynes is another to be offered a new contract. James Bailey, Jason Kennedy and Samir Nabi completes the list of those to be offered extensions.

That however means that three have been shown the door at Brunton Park. Patrick Brough departs after making just two substitute appearances over the past season. Young goalkeeper Max Crocombe is also free to find himself a new club. Striker Ben Tomlinson also becomes a free agent following the expiration of his deal with the Sky Bet League Two club.

Offered new contracts: James Bailey, Mark Gillespie, Jabo Ibehre, Jason Kennedy, Samir Nabi & Michael Raynes.

Released: Patrick Brough, Max Crocombe & Ben Tomlinson.


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