It is a market clubs at Carlisle United’s level cannot afford to ignore – and there will be plenty of players on offer this summer.

The ranks of the Under-23s at big clubs are bigger than ever – but that also means a regular summer turnover of young talent.

Here is a selection of some of the prospects who have just been released, and are looking to kickstart their first-team careers.


The 21-year-old is leaving the Anfield giants after 12 years on their books, ready for a new challenge.

Coyle impressed as he rose through the ranks, but injuries have hampered his recent progress.

The midfielder, who can also play in defence and reportedly trained with Bolton earlier this year, posted on Instagram that he is ready to “get going and kick on” next season.


Another academy midfielder being let go by a Premier League club, 19-year-old Gibbon is among the young players on the way out of Leeds.

He had been with the Elland Road club since the age of 10 and a year ago was awarded his first professional contract.

Gibbon was a regular for the Under-18s and Under-23s, where he played alongside former Blues Liam McCarron and Josh Galloway, but is now seeking a fresh start.


West Brom have triggered a mass clear-out after their relegation from the Premier League.

And speedy winger Clayton-Phillips is among those looking for a new home.

He has been a regular for the Baggies’ Under-23s, and has had loan spells in non-league with Kidderminster, Braintree and Solihull Moors.


The big centre-back has had spells with Stevenage and QPR, before an impressive spell at Tower Hamlets caught Barnsley’s attention.

He has been with the Tykes since January 2020 but now the 21-year-old is departing Oakwell along with a number of other Under-23s.

A young player who has already fought his way back into the professional game must now pursue further opportunities.


A winger who can also operate in attack, O’Connell was part of the Cherries team that impressed against Carlisle in the recent Central League Cup final.

The Portsmouth-born player, 21, has been with Bournemouth since 2009.

Has first-team experience from a past loan spell with Morton, but must now seek to establish himself as someone’s first-team player.


The 19-year-old is a free agent this summer after being released by Boro following a season on Teesside.

Striker Kiernan had joined them from Sunderland, having earlier been on York City’s books.

Scored goals for the Boro Under-23s but the Republic of Ireland Under-18 international is now a young pro looking for a fresh opportunity.