Carlisle United goalkeeper Louis Gray has joined National League North outfit Chester on loan.

The Blues' second-choice keeper has made a 28-day move to the promotion-chasing side.

It will see 24-year-old Gray link up with a number of former Carlisle men at the Deva Stadium, with Danny Livesey, Simon Grand and George Glendon all Chester players.

Gray's temporary departure should mean a place in the United squad tomorrow for the first time for Sheffield United loanee Marcus Dewhurst.

The 18-year-old is likely to be Adam Collin's understudy for the Blues' League Two game at Cambridge.

Gray has made just three competitive appearances for Carlisle, all coming in this season's Trophy.

His loan deal includes a 24-hour recall clause.

Blues boss Chris Beech said on the club website: "It’s an opportunity for Louis to go and play first team football.

"He’s a goalkeeper in his mid-20s who hasn’t played regular men’s football, and that is important for him."

“Chester are looking to go and win the league, and at the moment they need a goalkeeper.

"Due to us bringing Marcus [Dewhurst] in, it means we can allow Louis to go and get some games while still being covered in the goalkeeper department."

Beech said United would be keeping close tabs on Gray's performances as they weigh up his longer-term future, the former Everton man being one of a number of Blues players out of contract in the summer.

Chester, under joint bosses Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley, are fourth in National League North.

Gray could take the place of Russ Griffiths at Chester, while the club's second-choice keeper Theo Roberts is out on loan at Mossley having also picked up an injury.

The United man had been in line to make his debut against Gateshead tomorrow but the game has been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.