Former Carlisle United keeper Joe Fryer - who came close to rejoining the Cumbrians this summer - has made a League One move.

The former Middlesbrough man has signed a short-term deal with newly-promoted Swindon Town.

Fryer has been training with the Robins following a trial spell with United at the start of pre-season.

The 24-year-old is hoping to kick-start his career at the County Ground after a long spell out with a serious leg break which he suffered whilst on loan at Carlisle in August 2018.

Fryer's deal until January was confirmed by Swindon tonight and the keeper said on their website: "I'm really excited to be here. I've trained here for a couple of days and the club said they want to sign me, so I said let's get something done."

"I spoke to Mildy [Steve Mildenhall], the goalie coach, before I came here and straight away I liked the guy.

"I've played here before, I know the stature of the club, massive ground which is what drew me in."

"Training with the lads has been great, I've loved it and I've loved getting back into it. Hopefully we can have a good season and I'm really looking forward to it."

Fryer had been with the United squad earlier in the summer, and played in a friendly at Fleetwood, but the Blues declined to pursue a deal for the keeper, instead moving to sign Magnus Norman and Paul Farman, and since then, Marcus Dewhurst.

Carlisle said the door remained open to the possibility of working with Fryer again but he has now gone elsewhere.

The young keeper made a good impression in his brief spell in Cumbria in 2018, which saw Fryer make six appearances under John Sheridan before a collision with Crewe's Paul Green kept him out for the best part of two years.

He has continued to train at Middlesbrough after the expiry of his contract as Fryer worked his way back to full fitness.

He will link up with former United team-mate Hallam Hope at Swindon.