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Carlisle boss Paul Simpson is refusing to rest on his laurels as he closes on potential new signings for next season.

Having guided Carlisle to successive promotions Simpson is eager to make it a hat-trick next term when he leads his side into League One with no fear.

The former Rochdale chief has already engaged in preliminary discussions with players and agents alike, eager to have a settled squad in place for pre-season.

''I think I've said it before, the planning for next season started a fair number of weeks ago, as you can never just sit back and expect things to happen,'' he told the club's official website.

''We've had two players up here this week and they both left the club after a very positive meeting.

''We've also spoken to others, however, it's still too early to talk about it in any further depth.''

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that captain Kevin Gray has agreed a one-year extension, with Adam Bradley and Pete Ferris also inking professional contracts.

Paul Arnison is mulling over the club's offer for a further year, while Simpson has confirmed he has fielded enquires about Glenn Murray, Brendan McGill and Simon Grand.