With one eye on next season, Carlisle United have moved this week to activate contract clauses which will see Jack Armer, Taylor Charters, Josh Dixon and Joe Riley stay with the club for the 2021/22 campaign.
Defender Jack Armer, who turned 20 last week, scored his first goal for the club against Barrow earlier this month and has shown his versatility having covered a number of roles during his 24 appearances for the Blues.
The Scotland under-19 international joined from Preston in the summer and has established himself as a real option through the second half of the campaign.
Local lad Taylor Charters, 19, came through the club’s academy system and earned himself an initial two-year deal just two months into the second-year of his scholarship programme.
He has made 20 appearances for United, with his first league start coming this season, in the 2-0 away victory at Walsall.
Fellow midfielder and academy graduate Josh Dixon, 20, has made three appearances having been hampered by a double ACL injury since joining the professional ranks two summers ago.
Highly regarded by the club, he made his league debut in the 4-0 home win over Stevenage in December.
The versatile Joe Riley, who can play in midfield or in defence, came to the club from Bradford during pre-season having cut his teeth with Manchester United.
The 24-year-old has scored twice in 43 all-action appearances this season having made himself a firm favourite with the fans.
Director of football David Holdsworth said: “Work is ongoing in the background all the time as we concentrate on the important games we still have to play, but also with one eye constantly on what we want to do going beyond this season.
“It’s good to get this done. It’s good business for the club to get these four young players added to those already retained for next season.
“There’ll obviously be more news on some of our other players in the coming days and weeks.”
We’ll have more reaction to this news on the official website later this week.