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Hammell signs senior contract with Blues

Teenage midfielder Connor Hammell has put pen-to-paper on a one-year contract with Carlisle United.

The 18-year-old came through the club’s academy system and made three appearances last season. His debut came in the 2-1 home win over Northampton in December and he played the entire second half in the final game of the season against Hartlepool.

“Connor has good ability and you can see him having a long career.

“He has a lot of strengths going forward with the ball and that has given him a firm platform to build from. We’ve spoken to him and he knows he now needs to learn the other side of the game very quickly. He has to earn the right to showcase his ability.

“We’re looking forward to working with him because he’s earned his contract. I think he understands the hard work starts here and it’s now over to him to make the most of the opportunity he’s been given.”

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United manager

Queen of the South re-sign cup winning players

Queens players celebrating after winning the league Credit: Fraser Johnstone

Queen of the South have re-signed four of their current squad who helped the Dumfries club lift both the Second Division League title and the Ramsdens Challenge Cup.

Mark Durnan, Chris Mitchell, Stephen McKenna and Gavin Reilly, who have all signed one-year extensions, will join Kevin Holt and Paul Burns who are already under contract next season.

However, Dumfries midfielder Willie Gibson has parted ways with the club by mutual consent.