Defender Tom Parkes has rejected a new deal at Carlisle United and joined their League Two rivals Exeter.

The Cumbrians this morning confirmed the centre-half had turned down the offer of new terms at Brunton Park.

That brought an end to his two-year stay with the Blues, as the 27-year-old's move to Devon to join the Grecians was then announced.

The St James Park club were among a number of League Two outfits keeping tabs on Parkes as his United deal drew to a close last season.

Matt Taylor's side made their move and Parkes, who said he travelled to the south west club for talks last week, felt it was the right move for him.

Speakng on the Grecians' website, the defender - who joined Carlisle in 2017 under Keith Curle - said: "I got a phone call from my agent saying that Exeter were interested in signing me, and I came down last week and had a look at the training facilities and everything, and I was very pleased with everything that was going on down here.

“It is exciting that you have got a club that is always pushing to try and get promotion. I have had two promotions when I was at Bristol and hopefully I can get another one at this club.”

Parkes also said Exeter's footballing style, and the fact they bring through young players, was appealing.

On boss Taylor, whose No2 is the former United youth boss Eric Kinder, Parkes added: “It is also a massive persuasion, with how good the manager was as a player and hopefully I can come here, learn from him and become a better player.

“The facilities are really good as well. I have played at the stadium a few times now and it is a great pitch and, every time I have been down here, the fans have been great as well.”

The length of his Exeter deal has not yet been revealed.

Parkes also wrote on Twitter about his gratitude to Carlisle.

"I would like to thank all the fans and everyone who works at Carlisle United," he wrote.

"I really enjoyed my time at the club and I want to thank everyone for your support.

"I wish the club all the best for the future and good luck for the up and coming season."

Parkes made 89 appearances for Carlisle, scoring twice, and though the Blues tabled him a new deal, his decision to leave has not come as a surprise.

Blues manager Steven Pressley said: "Tom has been an excellent player for Carlisle United and we wish him all the very best as he moves on to his new challenge.

"Obviously we plan for every eventuality when we make contract offers and we continue to work hard to bring the players in who will help to push this club forward to where we want it to be."

Pressley's three summer signings to date have all come in defence in the form of Jack Iredale, Christie Elliott and Jon Mellish.

Parkes, though, is the latest defender to depart the club this summer with Danny Grainger, Gary Liddle, Peter Grant, Anthony Gerrard and Macaulay Gillesphey having all recently left.