Danny Grainger has bolstered his Workington Reds squad with a former Carlisle United team-mate.

James Hooper, who was briefly on the Blues' books during Keith Curle's reign, is the latest player to sign for the Borough Park club.

The 25-year-old forward joins Workington ahead of the new NPL West season after a spell with Atherton Collieries.

Hopper had previous non-league spells with Witton Albion, Altrincham, West Didsbury & Chorlton, Altrincham, Salford City, Radcliffe Borough and FC United of Manchester.

Prior to that, he had a spell with Carlisle in the 2016/7 season, joining midway through the campaign under Curle.

He only made one appearace - as a late substitute in a 0-0 draw against Luton Town at Brunton Park.

Reds boss Grainger was in the United line-up that day. Hooper has also played for Rochdale.

Grainger, speaking on Reds' website, said of the new signing: "I know his quality on the ball after sharing a dressing room with him.

"I know what type of player he is and also what type of person he is.

"He is a winner that will demand high standards from not only himself but everyone around him."

Hooper said he was "excited" to join Reds and hopes to help them to promotion next season with Grainger back at the helm for a second spell in charge.

The forward was the second player to join the club on Tuesday.

Earlier, Workington confirmed the signing of the versatile Tom Mahone.

The Cleator Moor Celtic man hds been training with the Borough Park squad throughout pre-season.

And manager Grainger has seen enough in Mahoneโ€™s trialist displays to warrant a deal.

Graingerย said: โ€œIโ€™m over the moon that Tom has joined us after a successful pre-season.

โ€œHe has shown me and Ruddy [assistant Steven Rudd] what he can bring to the squad.

โ€œHe is a versatile player and Iโ€™m looking forward to seeing him progress with the club.โ€