Released Carlisle United midfielder Dean Furman has turned down the chance to rejoin Oldham Athletic.

The experienced South Africa international made pre-season appearances for the Latics, who are managed by ex-Blues boss Keith Curle.

But Curle has revealed that Furman is going to try his luck elsewhere ahead of the 2021/22 season.

Speaking about Furman to the Oldham Times, Curle said: "We got pressurised...[well,] not pressurised but we got asked by his agent.

"He had a few other offers on the table and we understood that.

"We made him an offer and in his opinion, their opinion – him and the agent – he thought potentially he'd be able to get a better offer elsewhere.

"It's one of those. I wish him well, great lad, great professional but every player's got a price and what may be offered elsewhere might be just out of our reach."

Furman made 20 appearances for United last season.

Meanwhile, another former Blues player is on the move.

Striker Mark Beck has left Harrogate Town to make a loan move to York City.

News and Star: Mark Beck (centre) (photo: Barbara Abbott)Mark Beck (centre) (photo: Barbara Abbott)

The ex-United youth product has joined the National League North Minstermen on a half-season deal.

And the frontman marked his arrival by heading the winner for York in their 2-1 friendly victory over Middlesbrough at the LNER Community Stadium.

Beck said: “It feels very good to get it over the line and it’s good to be here - I’m looking forward to it.

"The manager at Harrogate said a couple of weeks ago that he wants me to go out and get some games and almost immediately I knew York were interested.

“It’s obviously a massive club and I was interested straight away."