Carlisle United have two signings wrapped-up - and are on the lookout for more.

Paul Simpson has made no secret of his desire to overhaul his squad and, with ten players having left the club following the end of the 2021/22 season, a host of new signings are expected.

Owen Moxon and Tomas Holy have already bolstered the Blues' ranks and further additions are hoped to be sealed before the club return to pre-season training on June 22.

Simpson and recruitment chief Greg Abbott are targeting new recruits in a number of areas - and the manager has already dropped some hints about where he is looking to strengthen, and the type of player he is looking for.

Here, we round-up what the Carlisle boss has said about his recruitment plans thus far:

Attacking 'focal point' sought

Carlisle could only muster 39 league goals last season, and Simpson knows the side will have to improve in that regard.

While Omari Patrick and Kristian Dennis looked a promising partnership - and Tobi Sho-Silva was impactful from the bench - it's clear further attackers are needed.

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And Simpson wants to sign a 'focal point' for his side.

Speaking in May, he said: “Strikers who can score goals are the hardest to find. But we have to do it -  we’ve got to find somebody.

“We’ve got to find a focal point for our attack. We’ve not been bad in two thirds of the pitch but it’s the final third where we haven’t done enough.

“Sadly I think the scoring record of 39 goals this season tells a story.”

Reinforcements required in the engine room

Simpson has also openly expressed his desire to add to the midfield.

That has partly been addressed with the signing of Moxon - but Carlisle may not rest there.

Jamie Devitt has been handed the opportunity to earn a new deal in pre-season, and Callum Guy is set to return from injury.

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But even as early as April, Simpson knew adding depth to his engine room was crucial.

“It’s an area we are short in, no doubt about that," he admitted.

That is going to be a recruitment issue to make sure we get players into midfield.”

And what about outgoings?

While the focus is undoubtedly on incomings, there could yet be some outgoings at Brunton Park too.

But Simpson has confirmed that he will not actively be placing players on the transfer list, and will leave the door open for any fringe players to force their way into his plans.

"I’d probably be lying if I said it was a clean slate, because it doesn’t work that way,” he said, speaking last month.

“I can’t wipe out the memory of what they’ve done in these last 15 games.

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“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."