Keith Curle has confirmed to the News & Star that Carlisle United are hopeful of keeping Macaulay Gillesphey and Alex Gilliead for the rest of the season.
The Newcastle United youngsters only arrived at Brunton Park a few weeks ago, but the initial impact that they have made has been excellent.
Both Gillesphey and Gilliead have been given chances in Carlisle's first-team, and Curle has already opened conversations with Newcastle over keeping the duo for longer than originally planned.
“I like Macaulay and what he’s added to the squad," he said. "He’s got talent and ability. He’s going to have a very good career and he’ll make mistakes.
“How quickly he progresses is how quickly he learns from those mistakes. Every single player throughout their career will make mistakes. I made thousands. But I was lucky, I learned from them quickly.
“We’re trying to extend both [loans] until the end of the season if possible. We’ve had preliminary conversations with Newcastle and they’re more than happy with where they’re at. The feedback they’ve had from the players and our coaching staff has been very positive.”
Gillesphey has already made five appearances for Carlisle, as he receives his first taste of regular senior football.
He has generally impressed, but his inexperience was on display in the Cumbrians' most recent fixture against Morecambe at the weekend.
Carlisle lost 3-2 to Jim Bentley's men, with Gillesphey's display being an particularly error-prone one.
Gilliead, meanwhile, was left out of the Carlisle team which played against Morecambe, but he has still managed to play five times during his time with the League Two side so far.