Two Newcastle players have already been approached to go out on loan next season.

Keith Curle has stated that he has already spoken to both the players and their agents and is hopeful of a six month, or preferably full season, for the pair.

Alex Gilliead and Macauley Gillesphey joined Carlisle from Newcastle last September on loan and they made 41 and 27 appearances respectively.

Carlisle have just announced the release of 10 players and manager Keith Curle is very keen to once again have the pair to call on, following their first season of senior football.

Winger Alex Gilliead scored his fifth goal in the final game of the season in the 5-0 win at Notts County, meaning the Cumbrian team ended up in 10th position in League Two, eight points off the play-offs.

Even if Newcastle are relegated to the Championship it would be unlikely for either 21 year Gilliead or 20 year old Gillesphey to be near the first team in the near future, with Curle pointing out the players will benefit far more from playing League Two football than reserve team level back at Newcastle.

Keith Curle

“I like to think we have looked after them very well and given them good foundations.

“Both have been very respectful and thankful of the opportunity we gave them. It might not be the end of that story for them.

“I have already spoken to the players and their agents.

“I see their continued progression to have a minimum of another six months with us, or potentially another year with us.

“Because of what they have done and how they have adapted to league football, that option might be taken away from us.

“I’ve expressed an interest with the players and ultimately it’s down to them.

“But they can’t afford to be at their parent club and not be playing games. I don’t see them progressing if they’re not playing football.”