Keith Curle has revealed that people of every level at Carlisle United have been in contact with Newcastle United to try and build on last season’s budding relationship between the two clubs.

Both Alex Gilliead and Macauley Gillesphey had successful loan periods over in Cumbria last season and Carlisle United said back then that they hoped to strengthen links between the two set-ups.

Newcastle United also invited Carlisle United to use their training facilities during the time of the floods in Cumbria.

Carlisle boss Curle says that ‘constant phone calls are going on’ with himself, the club’s owner, and the Chief Executive, all pushing for more players to go over on loan from Newcastle.

With so few professional clubs on Newcastle’s doorstep it is a negative, with Hartlepool the only other one in close proximity.

Carlisle United are keen on both Gillesphey and Gilliead going back for a further loan, plus other promising Newcastle players if they can agree deals.

The pair who were on loan at League Two Carlisle last season had both said they wanted to fight for a place in Newcastle’s first team squad and try to impress Rafa Benitez, before looking at the alternative of another loan spell.

However, the fact that neither Gilliead or Gillesphey were amongst the 27 players training in Ireland this week (which didn’t include Sissoko, Haidara, Krul or Riviere), means that surely they aren’t going to be involved in the first team picture at this stage, so first team experience elsewhere is surely their best route.

Keith Curle

“Constant phone calls are going on.

“Newcastle have been away, but (Carlisle owner) John Nixon has been making contact, (Carlisle CEO) Nigel Clibbens has been making contact, and I have been making contact.

“We have been in touch at all levels and have spoken to the representatives of the players as well.

They want their opportunity to show their new manager what they are about, and are well within their rights to stay there.

“Equally, you don’t want them to stay too long and find the pathway for them to progress isn’t there.”