Gavin Skelton says Carlisle United are using pre-season to see how “adaptable” players can be in different positions.

The Blues have mixed things up with certain players in their early friendlies.

And Skelton says learning to be versatile can be a vital aim as United head towards the 2021/22 season.

The assistant boss commented on how the Blues set about things in their 2-0 win at Hebburn Town on Saturday.

In particular he referred to one of their young wingers.

“Lewi Bell played in centre midfield in the second half and did well,” Skelton said.

“We changed it round quite a bit and looked at people in different positions so that, if needed in the season, they’re used to it.

“It is beneficial when it came down to how people had to adapt in different positions.

“They were probably not their preferred positions but it’s all part of that mentality.”

United have versatility in certain parts of their squad, with Brennan Dickenson playing at left-back before being moved further forward at Hebburn.

Corey Whelan played at right-back at Workington but can also operate centrally in defence.

Another example is Danny Devine, who has previously deputised well at right-back.