Chris Beech has told first-year Carlisle United pro Jamie Armstrong: it’s time to show us your moves.

The Blues boss says the promising teenager needs to take the opportunity of gaining first-team football out on loan.

Beech said there is no substitute for playing and hopes attacking midfielder Armstrong can follow some of his young peers at Carlisle in gaining vital experience.

Liam Lightfoot, Charlie Birch and Charlie Barnes are currently on loan with Kendal, with keeper Isaac Robinson at Workington, and Beech recently said a move for their fellow academy graduate Armstrong remained a possibility.

He said: “We spoke to Jamie, and it’s amazing with these young lads…he wanted to go home and speak to his agent.

“I would encourage him to look at getting game time, because it helps you improve.

“It’s a dancefloor – you’ve got to get on the dancefloor to improve.

“Jamie was substitute at Sunderland [in the EFL Trophy], and we’ll be talking to him to see what his next move is.”

Another teenager has joined United’s ranks in the form of Micah Obiero, the Huddersfield loan attacker training with Carlisle for the first time yesterday ahead of Saturday's trip to Grimsby.

Beech said Obiero comes highly recommended from his own former club.

But he threw down the gauntlet to 19-year-old Obiero to prove his worth at United.

“Everybody’s got to earn their stripes to get on this pitch and in this team, 100 per cent,” Beech said.

“It’s great he’s here. It covers us for Ethan Walker; Ethan was disappointed he didn’t get on the scoresheet at Scunthorpe, but he made good impact and inroad in his first opportunity in men’s football and it’s the same for Micah.

“I know the staff for Huddersfield, like Danny Schofield who I used to play with – he is part of their academy and development of players, and he’s assured me he has great attributes and thinks he’s ready.

“It will be interesting to see how he goes. But just because he’s from Huddersfield doesn’t mean he’s gonna play instead of Joshua Kayode…he’s gonna have to make sure he’s making that impression.”

Beech, meanwhile, has played down the prospect of adding free agents to his squad at the moment.

Obiero was United’s only addition on deadline day a week ago but Carlisle could still move for unattached players.

Beech, though, said he would have to look at any further signings carefully.

“I’m happy with the squad,” he said. “There’s no sort of subdivision of who starts and who doesn’t, it’s who’s available and who will make the best imprint on the opponent at that time.

“Currently we’re pretty healthy, the physio room’s getting quieter, but you never know.

“There are still some very good players that are available. I’d only look at it if I know where they are physically, because they haven’t played since March, and it’s so hard then to affect our current three points when you’re not in rhythm.

“That must be difficult for those players to stay ft and motivated, but a lot of those players took that risk of not accepting contracts at that [earlier] point – whether they’re right or wrong remains to be seen.”