By Pete O'Rourke

9th Jan, 2020 | 2:34pm

Exclusive: Carlisle United agree terms of new deal with defender

Carlisle United defender Gethin Jones has agreed a new deal to stay at the club until the end of the season, Football Insider understands.

The 24-year-old right-back joined Carlisle on a short-term deal in September and it was due to expire this month.

A source at Carlisle told Football Insider that the League Two club moved to offer Jones an extension until the end of the season with him having established himself as a key player at Brunton Park.

The former Everton youngster has made 23 appearances in all competitions since his arrival at Carlisle.

The Australian-born enforcer, who has represented Wales up to under-21 level, joined the Everton academy at the age of 12 and had loan spells with Plymouth and Barnsley whilst with the Toffees before leaving for Fleetwood in January 2018.

The news of Jones agreeing fresh terms will come as a welcome boost to Carlisle as they look to secure survival in League Two in the second half of the season.

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Chris Beech’s side currently sit 21st in the table after racking up only 25 points from their opening 25 matches.

Carlisle lost their last league outing 4-1 to high-flying Crewe Alexandra but did manage a 2-2 draw with Championship side Cardiff City in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Beech’s team are set to return to league action at the weekend, ahead of their FA Cup replay with the Bluebirds, as they’re set to host sixth-placed Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.

In other Carlisle United news, it can be REVEALED that the League Two outfit have received a bid for one of their standout players from a Premier League club.