Carlisle United Football Club are delighted to announce that Jon Mellish has agreed a new three-year deal which keeps him at the club until the summer of 2026.
Mellish, 25, signed in a defensive capacity on a one-year deal midway through May 2019. He has since scored 25 goals in 168 appearances having played in a number of roles through his four years with the Blues.
Having excelled at the back and in midfield, he reached an agreement with the club on a further two-year stay in October 2020. A third year was added as more talks ensued in September 2021, and his services were secured once again at that point, keeping him at Brunton Park until the summer of 2023.
A one-season trigger was activated after United had secured promotion to League One, but manager Paul Simpson opened talks on a longer stay, which have now been successfully concluded.
Mellish, a Gateshead College graduate, came through the under-19 system with the Heed and also enjoyed a loan spell with Newcastle Benfield as he cut his teeth in the game.
Originally a left-footed centre-back, he demonstrated that he could play a number of positions, and made his first-team debut in the final game of the 2016/17 National League season.
From there he was subsequently offered a full contract with the club. He made a total of 58 appearances for his hometown team, scoring twice, and made his debut for the England C squad in a 1-0 victory over the Estonia under-23 side in October 2018.
He picked up the National League’s young player of the year award for the 2018/19 season at a ceremony in London two days before joining the Cumbrians.
He scored a whopping 16 goals from his new midfield berth for the Cumbrians during the 20/21 season, and the fans voted his stunner against Newport as their goal-of-the-season that year.