Carlisle have handed professional contracts to two youngsters from their Under-18 side.

Defender Steven Swinglehurst and winger Ben McKenna have signed one-year deals with the Brunton Park outfit.

Cumbrians manager Greg Abbott told the News & Star: "We need a couple of young players in the squad through the youth system if they're good enough."


He added: "I think these two have got a chance.

"They've got a lot of hard work to do, they're not ready for the first team yet, but with their attitude and determination we've got to give them a year to prove they can make that step up to the first team.

"I'm absolutely delighted for the both of them. They've worked exceptionally hard."

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