Jamie Devitt has been offered a new Carlisle United contract which will see him become the best paid player at the club if he accepts it, manager Steven Pressley has revealed.

Playmaker Devitt, who is out of contract, was one of United’s star performers in the 2018/19 season - which the Blues finished in 11th place after their season-ending goalless draw at Yeovil.

Many fans are keen to see the Irishman extend his three-year stay at Brunton Park. He is among several players whose contracts are up this summer.

Asked for an update on the situation with Devitt, who is reportedly interesting Edinburgh rivals Hearts and Hibernian in the Scottish Premier League, Pressley said: "Of course he is [a key player].

"He is a player that I believe David [Holdsworth, Carlisle’s director of football] has been in negotiations with, I believe David has made him an offer to become our top paid player and we’d love him to stay. That’s the reality of the situation."

At Huish Park, United’s campaign came to an end after a stalemate against bottom side Yeovil who are set to play in the National League next term after a 16-year stint in the Football League.

The Blues dominated against the Glovers for much of the encounter but, had it not been for keeper Adam Collin’s late heroics, United could have lost despite having more opportunities to break the deadlock in the second period, as well.

“The one thing I said to the players before the game, and at half-time, is that we have to ensure our attitude was correct, and our attitude was terrific," Pressley said.

"They should be proud of themselves that group of players because, for many of them, it might be their last game at the club. They have uncertain futures, so to give a performance like they did for 70 minutes with that attitude and that commitment tells you a lot about them.

"I was really proud of their performance, we just didn’t manage to find the breakthrough.

"In the end, we gave up four or five good opportunities in the latter stages. I took [Regan] Slater off which didn’t give us quite so much protection in the midfield area but we had to try and win the game.

"We were aware of results elsewhere, we were aware at half-time, although we didn’t say anything to the players. In the end, we didn’t manage to find the breakthrough. We had a lot of really good opportunities in a lot of good positions but our final finish just deserted us."

On the final day yesterday, Newport took the all-important seventh place.

They will play Mansfield in their League Two play-off semi-final, while Forest Green take on Tranmere. Notts County were also relegated out of the Football League alongside Yeovil.