Cumbrian former Carlisle United star Kyle Dempsey has joined a new League One club.

The Maryport midfielder has signed for Gillingham.

It follows his departure from Fleetwood earlier this summer.

Dempsey, 24, had been linked with a number of clubs but his move to Kent sees him reunited with Gills boss Steve Evans, under whom he played in a previous loan spell at Peterborough.

The former Blues academy player said on the Gills website that he was ready for a new start at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

Dempsey said: "I'm delighted to come down here and start a new chapter in my life.

"After speaking to the gaffer last week everything was said to me in a positive way.

"I'm 24 years old and I needed to pick the right club where I felt I would develop my football the most."

Dempsey spent the last four years with Fleetwood, making 46 appearances on loan from Huddersfield from 2016/17 and then another 100 after making the move permanent.

He had previously joined Huddersfield from Carlisle in 2015, having burst onto the first-team scene as a teenager at Brunton Park, making 51 appearances under Graham Kavanagh and Keith Curle before moving to the Championship.

Gills manager Evans added: "Kyle is a top talent and we are delighted he has chosen us over some very big clubs in League One.

"I met his parents and, believe me, the family are salt of the earth, really genuine people.

"They wanted their boy to join a manager who believed in him fully and I am delighted he is here.

"He is simply a superb signing."

Dempsey's former Blues team-mate Patrick Brough, meanwhile, has signed a new two-year deal at newly-promoted Barrow.

The Silloth man's new contract keeps him at Holker Street until 2022.