By Joe Ellis

9th Jan, 2023 | 8:10pm

Graham Smyth shares loan details as Alfie McCalmont joins Carlisle United on loan from Leeds United

Alfie McCalmont has once again left Leeds United on loan and Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth has shared some of the details.

The 22-year-old has joined League Two playoff chasers Carlisle United for the rest of the season but the Cumbrians have no option to sign him at the end of the deal.

McCalmont still has enough time on his contract that he can’t leave on a free transfer in the summer but Leeds are keen to see him thrive at Brunton Park and then earn a move elsewhere in the off-season.

“Straight loan, no option or obligation for Carlisle to take him permanently in the summer,” Smyth said via his personal Twitter account. “Ideally he gets into the side quickly and plays significant minutes, then gets a summer move to League One or the Championship. A promotion for Carlisle would be nice, too.”

Ship has sailed

McCalmont may still be contracted to Leeds United but his chances of becoming a regular for the Whites are basically now zero with this latest loan move.

He spent the first half of this season playing for Michael Skubala’s Under-21 side rather than getting senior football under his belt and while that will change with a move to Cumbria, it is unlikely to change anything at Thorp Arch.

If he does succeed in League Two, then maybe a League One side will be willing to pay a small fee to take him permanently in the summer and give him a chance but Jesse Marsch won’t be calling upon him anytime soon.

It’s strange that a four-time Northern Ireland international can be thought of in this way at just 22 years of age but if he was going to show any kind of promise, he would have done so by now.

Marsch has the incredibly exciting Archie Gray to bring through the ranks along with other central midfielders and there just is no place for McCalmont to fit in.

In other Leeds United news, Victor Orta is hoping to work on a deal to finally solve one of the club’s most problematic positions.