A 66-cap international who made his Football League debut for Carlisle United is on the move.

Corry Evans has signed a two-year deal with Sunderland after his departure from Blackburn.

Evans has played much of his football in the Championship, with Hull and Blackburn, whilst also becoming a Northern Ireland regular.

One quirk on his CV includes a short-lived loan spell with the Blues back in 2010.

Evans was signed by United boss Greg Abbott in a loan deal from Manchester United.

But he only made it onto the pitch once in an injury-hit month in Cumbria.

That came in a 1-1 draw at Bristol Rovers on October 30, 2010, when Evans played for 72 minutes in a side that also included the likes of Adam Collin, Peter Murphy, Lubo Michalik and Gary Madine.

It was his first league appearance, despite the then Old Trafford prospect having already played for his country at that stage.

He was replaced in the second half at the Memorial Stadium by Danny Livesey - and never appeared in a Carlisle shirt again.

Evans later that season made a loan move to Hull, where he later moved permanently.

He spent the next two seasons at the Humberside club before an eight-year stint at Blackburn.

The 30-year-old has now joined Sunderland's bid to get out of League One next season.

He said of his Black Cats move on the club website: “I’m delighted to have joined Sunderland. I spoke to the head coach [Lee Johnson] and was impressed with the way he discussed his style of play and coming to look at the training ground convinced me that this was a great place to play football.

"From experience, I know that League One isn’t easy to get out of – it’s all about consistency and getting it right, so I’m excited to get going.”