Paul Simpson says he has no plans to place any player on the transfer list at Carlisle United.

The Blues manager says all members of his squad who are under contract will have the chance to impress in pre-season.

That includes those who have been out of favour during Simpson’s time at the helm so far.

Simpson denied there would be a completely “clean slate” for every player, but said he would not be closing the door on anyone at this stage.

“I’d probably be lying if I said it was a clean slate, because it doesn’t work that way,” he said. “I can’t wipe out the memory of what they’ve done in these last 15 games.

“They’ve shown me what they can do – now the challenge for me is to get them to a different level, better, in terms of being fitter and stronger, having better game understanding.

“The players are contracted to us. I don’t believe it’s right to make players available for a transfer because straight away they know the door’s closed.

“What they have to do is come back on June 22 [the first day of pre-season] and show me and the rest of the staff they deserve to be part of our group and deserve to be playing.

“In today’s game I don’t think you need to place players on a transfer list, because you always get a negative kickback from that in terms of them and the fans’ perception towards them.

“The way it works now is 99.9 per cent of footballers have agents, and when their player isn’t in the team they’re always scurrying around in the background working to get them away.

“The first time I probably find out is when the agent calls me and says, ‘I’ve had such and such a club wants to take such and such a player’.

“If it’s right for us we’ll allow them to move on.

“They’re here, we’ll work with them from June 22, they’ll all be part of it, nobody will be treated differently, that’s young pros and senior pros, and we’ll see where we go from there with it.”

United currently have 13 senior pros and five first-year pros on the books for 2022/23, with three more of the out-of-contract group considering contract offers.

Those already under contract are Tristan Abrahams, Jack Armer, Lewis Bell, Kristian Dennis, Josh Dixon, Jordan Gibson, Callum Guy, Jon Mellish, Omari Patrick, Joel Senior, Tobi Sho-Silva and Corey Whelan, with Morgan Feeney having also seen a clause activated to extend his deal.

Gabe Breeze, Jack Ellis, Sam Fishburn, Max Kilsby and Scott Simons all step up from the youth ranks.

And Simpson is hoping Taylor Charters, Magnus Norman and Brennan Dickenson will sign new deals, Joe Riley having already confirmed he is leaving.

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