Carlisle United have today signed defender Jon Mellish on a one-year deal with an option.

Photo: Carlisle United

Mellish, 21, a Gateshead College graduate, came through the under-19 system with the Heed and also enjoyed a loan spell with Newcastle Benfield as he cut his teeth in the game. The left-footed centre-back, who can play a number of roles, made his first-team debut in the final game of the 2016/17 National League season and was subsequently offered a full contract with the club.

The young defender made a total of 58 appearances for his hometown team, scoring twice, and made his debut for the England C squad in a 1-0 victory over the Estonia under-23 side in October 2018.

He picked up the National League’s young player of the year award at a ceremony in London earlier this week.

Manager Steven Pressley said: “The first thing about this signing is that it isn’t easy to find good left-sided central defenders.

“The second thing is that at the age of 21 he played 46 games in the Conference last season and he picked up the award that he got at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday because of how he did in those games. We’ve watched him a number of times live and we’re really pleased that we’ve got this one over the line.”

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