Carlisle United's supporters' trust say the Blues are continuing to receive financial support from directors and backers Edinburgh Woollen Mill as they face "significant financial challenges".

CUOSC's latest briefing to members includes an update from director Jim Mitchell, who sits on United's 1921 operational board.

"Finances were continuing to be managed very tightly as the January transfer window approached," the briefing said.

"Financial support was coming from the board and from EWM.

"The club was seeking to maintain a competitive squad until the end of the season in the face of significant financial challenges."

EWM, owned by billionaire Philip Day, have never commented on the extent of their financial support to United since a loan facility was made available in March 2017.

The Carlisle United Official Supporters' Club (CUOSC) update, meanwhile, may suggest that United's other long-standing backer - chairman Andrew Jenkins - is continuing to loan the club money.

The next full insight into United's finances will not come until next March, it has been suggested.

That, Mitchell said, is when the club's accounts for 2017/18 will be released.

The figures are likely to include some details of United's debt to EWM up to the end of that accounting period in June this year.

That the accounts will not appear until March means, though, that nearly nine months will have passed between the end of the accounting period and their publication.

United's previous accounts for 2016/17 showed they owed EWM £450,000 from the period from March to late June 2017.

That figure is understood to have significantly increased since then.

EWM's loans to United are secured by a charge on the club's assets.

Day's firm have declined several requests from the News & Star to comment on the arrangement.

CUOSC's briefing, meanwhile, said that early indications from a survey showed that most members were against the live-streaming of games to fans in the UK.

They wanted more responses, though, before revealing the full results.