Former Carlisle United star Matt Jansen has been appointed to a new position with National League outfit Stockport County.

The Cumbrian ex-Premier League player has joined a three-man scouting team at Edgeley Park.

Jansen's remit will be in recruitment and player liaison.

This, Stockport say, will see the 42-year-old involved "in the final stages of identification and transition for players joining the club".

It marks a return to the game for Jansen after he resigned as Chorley manager in the summer of 2018.

The former player, who lives in nearby Alderley Edge, will team up with Jonathan Smith and Kevin Braybrook in the new scouting team.

Smith, who worked with Jansen at Chorley, has been appointed lead scout for the north, with Braybrook lead scout for the south.

Stockport, whose manager is Jim Gannon, say Jansen has "a high understanding of the experience of a player, what brings success at this level and beyond" and will be "an important resource for staff and players alike".

Director of Football Simon Wilson said: “These are crucial appointments as we ready ourselves for the forthcoming years, and it should be a source of real comfort to our supporters that we have such an experienced team working with myself and Jim on every player decision.”

Jansen, from Wetheral, started his career at Carlisle before playing in the Premier League with Crystal Palace and Blackburn.

A scooter accident in Rome, after he had narrowly missed out on the 2002 World Cup squad, affected the rest of his career and left Jansen with psychological struggles.

After his playing days ended, he moved into coaching with Leigh and then Chorley, where he was manager for three years, leading them into the National League North play-offs.