Carlisle United are unlikely to be "transformed" by cash from the Dean Henderson deal, the Blues have said.

The Cumbrians have confirmed they will continue to receive "valuable income" from the former Blues academy goalkeeper who is starring for Manchester United.

But chief executive Nigel Clibbens has played down the idea that the talented west Cumbrian could ever make a huge difference to the club's finances.

It has been reported recently that United get £10,000 a game each time 24-year-old Henderson starts for the Old Trafford giants.

The prospect of a sell-on clause benefiting Carlisle, should Whitehaven star Henderson ever be sold by the Premier League club, has also been debated.

Clibbens did not comment on such factors or go into specific figures of the deal that took the keeper from Cumbria to Old Trafford 10 years ago.

But, in answers to questions posed by fans on forum as part of the Carlisle United Supporters' Groups, he shed some light on the situation.

The director's reply reads: "Sometimes I cannot give the information you want.

"What I can say is this: The standard arrangements for appearance-based add-ons in transfers are that a ‘payment’ accrues every ‘qualifying appearance’.

"That means the previous club is due money, but you don’t necessarily get it paid there and then.

"Typically, payment is made periodically - say every 10 qualifying appearances. Some appearances ‘qualify’ and others may not – eg EFL Trophy games. A start may earn more than a sub appearance. An appearance may also not count at all, or be worth less, if it’s after a certain time in the game.

"In the case of Dean Henderson, our deal is typical of all that. I cannot detail anything more specific.

"Contrary to reports elsewhere, whilst it is unlikely ever to be transformational for us, it looks like it will continue to bring valuable income, and that will be welcome."

Henderson has made 23 appearances for Man Utd this season after forcing his way into the side under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The England international has been tipped to retain the long-term position ahead of David de Gea.

The keeper, who went to St Benedict's School in Whitehaven, joined Man Utd from Carlisle's youth set-up aged 14.

The full supporters' group minutes with alink to questions are here: