Gavin Skelton says Carlisle United’s trialists are continuing to train with the club after two of them got an outing at Annan Athletic.

The Blues have not officially named any of the players who are hoping to impress this pre-season.

But it’s understood the two to feature in Friday night’s game at Galabank were the former Newcastle United goalkeeper Dan Langley and ex-Middlesbrough forward Stephen Walker, the latter scoring the winner in Carlisle’s 2-1 victory.

Manager Paul Simpson last week said a third trialist was also with the club.

And it appears they will get further time in an attempt to impress the United boss.

“It was pleasing for them to get 45 minutes and they continue to train with us,” said Skelton after the Annan game.

“It’s just ongoing. They’ve trained well and played [on Friday], both did reasonably well which we’ll be pleased with, and that will continue.”

News and Star: United's second trialist Stephen Walker in action at AnnanUnited's second trialist Stephen Walker in action at Annan (Image: Barbara Abbott)

Asked if the third trialist could be involved in the next friendly at Gretna 2008 on Tuesday, Skelton said: “Potentially, we’ll see how that goes.

“As we’ve found out this week [referring to a signing Carlisle missed out on at the last minute], these things can change by the hour…”

Keeper Langley, 22, was released by Newcastle at the end of last season after six years with the club.

He had loan spells with Gateshead and Spennymoor Town during his time on the Magpies’ professional books.

The Newcastle-born player also played for the Premier League club’s under-21s in the EFL Trophy.

Forward Walker, meanwhile, is also a free agent after leaving Middlesbrough this year.

He made ten appearances for the Teessiders, as well as going out on loan to Crewe Alexandra and MK Dons, both twice, and Tranmere Rovers.

The attacker also played for England up to Under-19 level.