Holt stays

Midfielder Jordan Holt has today put pen-to-paper on a six-month contract which keeps him at Brunton Park until the beginning of January 2019.

Carlisle-born Holt, 19, came through the youth ranks to earn his first professional deal last summer and was recommended for an extended stay at the club when last season drew to a close.

He spent the bulk of the last campaign with local side Workington, where he made over 40 appearances over two separate loan spells, earning some excellent and valuable experience in men’s football.

His first senior appearance for the Blues came in November 2016, during his second year as an under-18 player for the club, when he played 30 minutes of the 4-2 Checkatrade Trophy victory over Fleetwood Town at Brunton Park. A through ball to fellow youth player Cameron Salkeld brought an assist as the ball was hammered into the top corner to seal United’s win.

Speaking today, he said: “The way I see a six-month deal is that I have a chance to prove myself and kick on. It’s a new manager and I’ll be back in pre-season looking to impress and earn a place in the team. My aim is to show what I can do and hopefully things will push on from there.”

Manager John Sheridan said: "I want our young players to show confidence and to believe they have a chance. They don't know much about me, or how I work, but, believe me, I'm not frightened to use a young lad if I think he's good enough.

"If they demonstrate they can play at this level they'll be thrown in, it's as simple as that. It is a big step up but I'll be getting to know them over the next few weeks and they'll get every encouragement from me to help them to achieve what we all want them to achieve."

We’ll have a full interview with Jordan Holt on the official website later this week.