Carlisle United have handed Brandon Gwinnutt, Jack Lynch and Alex Salmon professional deals for next season.
The trio are all approaching the end of the second year of their apprenticeships after joining the club on a full-time basis as 16-year-old school leavers.
Gwinnutt, a 17-year-old full-back, midfielder Lynch and forward Salmon have all been offered one year contracts. For many this fantastic news represents the fulfillment of a lifetime ambition however, Carlisle boss Gregg Abbott admits that telling those that haven’t made the grade is difficult for both parties.
“The easy part of this job is talking to the three lads who have made it through,” Manager Greg Abbott told the club website.
“For the other lads it’s not so nice because they have all worked exceptionally hard and it’s a huge disappointment for them. There’s nothing you can say to make it better for them, but these decisions have to be made.”
“It goes without saying that we wish them all the very best as they move on from here.”
Meanwhile second years Tom Berwick, Jamie Clarey, Dale Minor, Dillon Morse, Jordan Parker and Brad Staunch have been released by the Cumbrians.