Carlisle United say they are “really encouraged” by season ticket sales so far as the Paul Simpson effect continues.

The Blues have sold more than 1,500 after less than two weeks of sales.

The club say it is further evidence of supporters’ eagerness to back manager Simpson and the team in the 2022/23 season.

It follows the positive response from fans to the manager since his return to the helm in February, and his signing of a three-year deal in April.

The update on sales figures was issued by the Blues ahead of the last day on which existing season ticket holders can renew at the cheapest rate.

It comes after Simpson and club bosses appealed for as many people as possible in the community to back the Blues.

“We’re seeing a hugely positive reaction from supporters who are clearly demonstrating a desire to get behind Paul, his staff and players,” said club spokesman Andy Hall.

“The phones haven’t stopped and the queues have been consistent at the ticket office, and that’s fantastic to see.

“Having sold over 1,500 in such a short space of time is really encouraging.

“It’s near impossible to judge like for like against other years as, on this occasion, we’ve had a more truncated selling period due to the managerial situation and the need for league security to be the priority.

“However, the feeling is one of real optimism, hence the significant numbers registered so far.”

Season ticket holders have been able to renew at the same price as last season.

Other prices are increasing in 2022/23, along with matchday ticket prices.

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