CARLISLE United paid tribute to former striker Craig Farrell, who has died at the age of 39.

The Middlesbrough-born forward made 95 appearances for the Blues after joining the club on an initial loan from Leeds United in 2002.

Scoring on his debut against Torquay, Farrell made a permanent move from Elland Road in November 2002 and fired 14 goals in 41 appearances under Paul Simpson in his first season.

He left Brunton Park in 2005 with 24 goals to his name, and went on to represent Exeter City, York City, Oxford United, Rushden and Diamonds and Telford, before finishing his career in non-league with Hinckley, Blyth and Whitby.

Chairman Andrew Jenkins said: “I am so sorry to hear this news, Craig was such a likeable young man and I think it’s fair to say we all wanted him to do well when Roddy Collins brought him over from Leeds.

“He impressed everybody with his attitude and he settled quickly, scoring some good goals through his first season with us.

“I remember him as someone who got his head down and worked hard, and I think we can all agree that 39 is such a young age.

“Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this very sad time.”

Manager Paul Simpson said: “This is incredibly sad news. He was a really decent bloke and was a good lad to have in the group.

“I speak on behalf of everybody at the club when I say that our thoughts are with his family and friends.”