Steven Pressley has been giving Carlisle supporters an update into the situation with out of contract midfielder Jamie Devitt.
The 28-year-old former Hull City man has been in fine form for the Cumbrians this season, but he’s out of contract and as yet, hasn’t committed his future to the club.
He’s been captain of the side in recent weeks and Pressley is eager to see him remain at Brunton Park to spearhead an assault on the top seven next season.
Following conversations with keeper Adam Collin, Pressley told the club’s official site that he’s also been chatting to the talented midfielder, who now has a big decision to make.
“He’s another who I had a good conversation with. It’s a situation in his career where he has a big decision to make. He’s at a stage where this is probably the most important contract that he’ll sign.
“He’s at that sort of age, and he’s had a terrific season, so he will obviously have suitors from elsewhere. He now has to weigh up what the best option for him is and I think we can only respect that.
“It’s normal, it’s the way football is. He has a family and a life in front of him that he needs to ensure he has stability about. There are a number of things for him to consider and I respect that fully.
“We obviously would love him to stay because he’s been a terrific player for the club. I have a very good relationship with him, but only time will tell now. Fingers are crossed that we can retain him.”
Dublin-born Devitt came through the ranks at Hull City, but couldn’t force his way into the first team. Following no fewer than seven loan spells he moved to Chesterfield, but again struggled for game time.
It was only a switch to Morecambe that gave him the scope to turn into the skilled attacking midfielder we see today, with Carlisle continuing that progression after he joined in 2016.
Devitt is going to be in demand and at 28-years-old, he may well consider it wise to simply follow the money.
The life of a professional footballer is a short one and if he’s going to offer his family some security, then it might be difficult to turn down a decent offer from the lower half of League One.
If he does remain at Carlisle, they’ll be hanging on to their best player, no doubt about that.