Former Carlisle United defender Macaulay Gillesphey has found a new club - in Australia.

The centre-half has agreed to join A-League outfit Brisbane Roar, who are managed by Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler.

Gillesphey will team up with fellow ex-Blues man Tom Aldred, who has also signed for the Queensland club.

The 23-year-old last month left Carlisle halfway through a two-year deal, saying he needed a "different kind of challenge".

Rumours that this could lead to a move Down Under have been realised and Gillesphey has spoken of his delight at the move.

"I fancied doing something different and when the opportunity came about, it was definitely one I was interested in,” Gillesphey said on the Roar's website.

“The facilities here [at the club’s City of Logan training facility] look top-notch and I’m really looking forward to it.

“I have seen quite a bit of the A-League and I’ve done my research on the club as well.

“I’ll be doing everything I can to help add some more silverware.”

Gillesphey made 30 appearances for the Cumbrians last season, figuring both at centre-half and left-back, after joining permanently in the summer under John Sheridan.

He played 63 further times for the club in two loan spells under previous boss Keith Curle.

Former Blues youth product Aldred has also joined Fowler's side after leaving crisis club Bury. He had most recently been on loan at Motherwell.

“I’ve always kept an eye on overseas leagues and it’s been an ambition of mine to play abroad one day," Aldred said.

Brisbane Roar play in the 52,000-seat Suncorp Stadium.