Workington Reds promotion-winner Charlie Birch has left the club - and is heading to the USA.

The defender has announced his departure from Danny Grainger's side following their successful 2022/23 season.

Birch is taking up a football scholarship in America which he will combine with his studies.

The former Carlisle United academy product has paid tribute to Reds following his time at the club.

Speaking on Workington's website, he said: "I’ll be leaving Workington to further my education by doing a Masters degree.

"I’ve been fortunate to gain a football scholarship in North Carolina. I’ll be studying a Master of Arts in organisational leadership masters degree and playing full time for the university alongside this.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff, fans and players at Workington for making me feel so welcome and giving me this opportunity to play in what’s been a memorable season and would like to wish everyone the best for the forthcoming season and hopefully see you all soon," added the left-sided player, who had a previous spell with Penrith.

Manager Danny Grainger said 21-year-old Birch - son of former Carlisle defender and current youth team boss Mark - had been a "huge part" of their successes, which included promotion via the NPL West play-offs and the Fred Conway Cumberland Cup.

"I’m gutted to see Charlie leave but wish him all the best for the future and hopefully see him back in a Reds shirt one day," added Grainger.

Birch's departure is the latest piece of player news at Borough Park following the exit of striker Reuben Jerome and the retention of a host of key players.

Dav Symington, Keelan Leslie, Ceiran Casson, Conor Tinnion, Dan Wordsworth, Lewis Reilly and Greg McCaragher have all committed to the club for the 2023/24 campaign in the Northern Premier League Premier Division.