Carlisle United spent £39,360 on agents’ fees in the last year – a small reduction on their previous spending.

The Blues’ outlay to players’ representatives between February 2020-February 2021 has just been published by the Football Association.

It showed the Cumbrians spent £1,746 less in the most recent 12-month period, the corresponding figure last year being £41,106.

Carlisle’s 2020-21 spending, which covers the last two transfer windows, was the 14th highest of all League Two clubs.

The biggest spenders were Salford City, who have spent £137,884 on agents since February 2020.

The lowest spenders in the division were United’s fellow Cumbrians Barrow, whose outlay on intermediaries came to £13,359.

A total of £1,069,115 was spent by League Two clubs on agents’ fees, a reduction of about £100,000.

Carlisle's spending was more than seven clubs in League One, including Gillingham - the only club to record a £0 spend on agents.

Two National League clubs - Notts County and Stockport - spent more than the Blues.

United’s spending covered deals for 13 players in the February to February period, in transfer windows overseen by director of football David Holdsworth and head coach Chris Beech.

Other than a new contract for midfielder Jon Mellish and a fresh deal for forward Lewis Alessandra, the fees all relate to new signings.

They cover the summer recruitment of Danny Devine, George Tanner, Gavin Reilly, Rod McDonald, Gime Toure, Paul Farman, Magnus Norman and Brennan Dickenson, and subsequent deals for Rhys Bennett, Offrande Zanzala and Morgan Feeney.

The FA’s latest figures confirm the identities of the agencies or individual representatives who negotiated with Carlisle.

They show centre-halves McDonald and Bennett are both represented by the same outfit in Beswicks Sport Limited.

Midfielder Devine and goalkeeper Norman are with Richard Pattenden.

Alessandra is with Code 4 Sports Limited and striker Reilly – who has since left for Livingston – represented by Peter McLean.

Ex-Manchester United defender Tanner is with Base Soccer Agency Ltd, striker Zanzala is represented by Omari Williams, attacker Dickenson by Matthew Kleinman, Mellish by Black Diamond Sports, defender Feeney by Brian Lawlor, keeper Farman by Christopher Greenhill and attacker Toure by Richard Tounsi Fotso.

The News & Star has invited the Blues to comment on the latest figures.

Elsewhere, Premier League clubs spent a staggering £272m on agents over the last year, with Chelsea the biggest spenders at £35.2m.