Former Carlisle United striker Mark Beck has been released by their League Two rivals Harrogate Town.

The big frontman's departure was confirmed by the Yorkshire club today.

It ends a four-and-a-half year spell at the EnviroVent Stadium for the 28-year-old.

Beck is among eight players leaving the club at the end of their contract.

Harrogate manager Simon Weaver has paid tribute to the former Blues youth product's contribution to the club.

He commented on the part the Sunderland-born striker played in Harrogate's rise to the EFL.

Speaking on the club website, Weaver said: "Becky has had some great moments for us and I remember vividly him scoring a header at York City in front of the away fans.

"They were incredible scenes and helped get us to new heights.

"He’s a gentle giant off the pitch but had some phenomenal performances, including against Portsmouth at home in the FA Cup, where he was big, strong and dominant against a League One team."

Beck made 15 first-team appearances for the Sulphurites in 2021/22, having had a loan spell in National League North with York City.

Also released by the side who finished 19th in United's division are Ryan Fallowfield, Lewis Page, Joe Cracknell, Simon Power, Connor Kirby and Joe Leesley, with Lloyd Kerry retiring to take up a recruitment role.

Weaver added: "They should be proud of how they’ve conducted themselves as men as well as players.

"All of them have added to group and the positive atmosphere we’ve had.

"It’s hard to say goodbye but hopefully we can always remain friends and Thirs [assistant manager Paul Thirlwell, the former United captain] and I have had a very special bond with these great people.

"I really do hope all the lads that have left go on to do well, I’d really like to see that."

Beck starred for United's youth team before stepping up to the professional ranks, making 77 first-tam appearances and scoring ten goals from 2012-16.

He has also played for Falkirk, Yeovil Town, Wrexham and Darlington.

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