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CONTRACTS: Striker agrees new deal

4 December 2014

Striker Mark Beck stays with club until summer 2016

Carlisle United are delighted to announce that striker Mark Beck has agreed his new deal and will be with the club until the summer of 2016.

Beck, 20, came through the clubs youth team programme and worked his way onto the bench having knuckled down and impressed with the U18 squad from the turn of that year. 

He signed a three year deal with the club in September 2012,  after an impressive start to that season, and enjoyed a valuable loan spell with Falkirk last season where he earned a regular starting slot and scored some vital goals.

He has bagged 10 goals in his 62 appearances for the club, including three so far this season, and impressed manager Keith Curle enough to be offered a new deal with the club at the beginning of last month. 

Manager Keith Curle said: "Negotiations went better than expected this afternoon," he explained. "Mark and his representatives had tentatively requested an improved contract but I was able to fully explain what we had offered during the meeting.  

"We explained what was in the contract for Mark in terms of how he progresses and why we deemed it to be a fair and justifiable contract offer. It's always easier to explain that when somebody is sat across the table from you." 

"The incentives are in the contract for Mark and, if they're reached and achieved, he will instantly earn more money," he explained. "That will also mean the penny is dropping and he is becoming a more accomplished player. 

"If he does that the likelihood is that his value is going to go up. If his value goes up to us the chances are he will get more remuneration for himself. If somebody then comes calling for a 6"5 target man we've got one." 

"It is pleasing to see a young player showing commitment to the club," he told us. "Mark has had success and disappointment at this football club. Some people have shown confidence in him and some people have discarded him. The pleasing thing for him is that a new regime has taken over and shown willingness to work with him.  

"He's had some rewards because of the goals he's scored but we know he isn't the finished article. We're third bottom of League Two so none of the players are finished articles. They've all got room for improvement. Mark is a work in progress, but he's definitely got something, which is why we're so pleased he's signed."

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