Former Rochdale goalkeeping coach Steve Collis is “helping” at Carlisle United - who today confirmed the departure of Craig Wight.

Previous keeper coach Wight, who had been at Brunton Park since November 2018, has now left the club.

Reasons for his departure have not been given, with United only making a very short statement this afternoon to announce the Scot has left.

It reads: "Carlisle United can confirm that goalkeeper coach Craig Wight has today left the club.

"We wish him the very best as he moves on to his next challenge."

Wight had missed United's last five first-team games, having also been away from the club in that time over the last three weeks.

There had initially been suggestions that illness had kept him out of the first of those games - the visit of Walsall last month - but now 41-year-old Wight will not be returning.

United have not yet made any further comment on the situation.

They did, though, confirm to the News & Star that 38-year-old Collis has been "helping" in recent weeks during Wight's absence.

The coach left his post at Spotland last month and has linked up again with Chris Beech, having previously worked with the United head coach at the League One club.

Carlisle have not said whether it could become a longer-term arrangement, although there will be inevitable speculation that Collis could now fill the void left by Wight.

On Collis’ involvement, United said: “We are very grateful that Steve has been able to come in and help us out for the last five games.”

Collis has also been working with the keepers at recent reserve games and the former Yeovil and Southend No1 is likely to be with the squad at Crawley this weekend.