Carlisle United Star Eyed Up By National League Clubs

According to reports, two National League clubs are monitoring the situation of Mark Beck, who has been transfer-listed by Solihull Moors. The 30-year-old forward joined the West Midlands club in January 2023 and has been a consistent presence in the team. He notably scored a brace in the FA Trophy Final loss to Gateshead and was also an unused substitute in the play-off final defeat against Bromley.

According to BBC Radio Tees reporter Rob Law, both Gateshead and Hartlepool United are eyeing a potential deal for Beck, who has one year remaining on his contract with Solihull Moors. Law understands that the striker, originally from Sunderland, is keen on returning to the North East after his stint at Darlington.

In Solihull’s list of retained and released players, Beck, along with Gus Mafuta and former Accrington Stanley forward Connor Hall, was marked as ‘available for transfer’. The club released a total of 10 players, including Joe Sbarra, who has since joined Doncaster Rovers.

Pools have targeted players who have expressed a desire to return to the region recently, such as Adam Campbell, a promotion winner with Crawley Town, who has returned to the club a decade after his loan spell from Newcastle United at Victoria Park.

In an interview with the club, boss Darren Sarll provided a recruitment update and explained his strategy of signing players from nearby regions: “When I met with the board, we discussed the potential challenges of attracting players to the North East.

“Reflecting on my time at a similarly remote location like Yeovil, I wanted to ensure a strong connection with the North East. I didn’t want to be a manager who comes from the South and brings in ten Londoners.

“It was crucial to me to explore the option of recruiting local players, individuals who understand the region, its football culture, and its tribal nature. I felt this was vital.”

A product of the Carlisle United youth academy, Beck amassed 77 appearances for The Cumbrians, finding the net 10 times. Subsequently, he had loan spells at Falkirk, Wrexham, and Yeovil Town before joining Darlington and later Harrogate Town.

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