By Russell Edge

11th Sep, 2020 | 7:29pm

Exclusive: Carlisle United agree to sign Preston North End striker

Preston North End striker Ethan Walker is set to join Carlisle United on a season-long loan deal, Football Insider understands.

The 18-year-old hitman is highly thought of at Deepdale and made his Championship bow as a substitute against Aston Villa back in December 2018.

A source at Preston has told Football Insider that manager Alex Neil has given the youngster the green light to head out on loan and that terms have been agreed over a season-long loan at Carlisle.

A graduate of the youth ranks at Preston, Walker has been a mainstay of the club’s under-18s in recent seasons and scored three goals in two games in the FA Youth Cup last term.

Able to play as a winger on either flank or as a centre-forward, he featured in five successive matchday squads over the winter of 2018 and came off the bench to make his bow for the Lilywhites.

His only first-team runout last season came in a 10-minute cameo in a League Cup win over Bradford City, although he did sit on the bench for the victory over Hull City in the second round.

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Now Walker has been given the green light to secure a temporary move away from Preston to boost his game time and aid his development.

He is set to join Carlisle, who finished 18th in League Two last season, for the upcoming season.

The Cumbrians have already been extremely busy in terms of recruitment over the summer with no fewer than 12 new faces in the door and 13 out the exit.

The club kick off their new League Two campaign away at Cambridge United on Saturday.

In other Preston North End news, it can be REVEALED a rival has pulled out of a deal to sign a former Premier League striker.