Carlisle United have today ended their search for a new goalkeeping coach after drafting in Craig Wight.

The Scot, 40, had previously been with Stirling Albion after an eventful career which also included a spell in Finland.

He has agreed a deal at Brunton Park until the end of the season which will then be reviewed.

It sees Wight fill the vacancy that had been left by Dan Watson's departure to Northampton a month ago.

Manager John Sheridan said: “He [Wight] seems very keen and I’m pleased he’s come in.

“We’ve had a look at one or two [coaches]. We’ve got to work around what we can afford, plus [he is from] Scotland, so not too far away.

“He’s very keen and wants to push himself. He’s really excited about the prospect of [coaching] in England and I’m chuffed to bits.

“It’s important the keepers have someone working with them, keeping them on their toes.”

As a player, Wight started as a schoolboy with Hibernian, moving to Arbroath before a spell in college soccer in America.

After returning to Scotland he also had spells with Dumbarton, Livingston, East Fife, Raith, Cowdenbeath and Berwick.

He also had playing and coaching stints in Finland, including a role with top-fight club IFK Mariehamn.

Wight linked up with United on Monday and, after talks, finalised his deal to join permanently ahead of Saturday's FA Cup clash at Crewe.

He will work with first-team keepers Adam Collin and Louis Gray at Brunton Park.

The new coach said: "It's a full-time opportunity and a very well-run club.

"I've spoken to David [Holdsworth, director of football] and there is an opportunity for everybody here to push on and try and get the club as high up the league as we can."

United had considered other candidates for the post, including Queen of the South's Ross Ballantyne, before turning to Wight.