Carlisle United have today bolstered their squad further with the signing of versatile defender Rhys Bennett.

The former Peterborough and Mansfield player is reunited with Blues boss Chris Beech, who worked with him during a spell at Rochdale.

Bennett, 29, has joined the Cumbrians on a short-term deal until January.

The centre-half could be in the mix for Saturday's home clash with Cheltenham.

Bennett made 18 appearances for Posh last season, the second season in a two-year spell after joining from Mansfield, where he also spent two campaigns.

Before that the Bolton-born player had four years at Rochdale, where he made 129 appearances. He left Peterborough this summer.

The centre-half has also played in midfield and at right-back during his career.

Beech today said Bennett was a player he had been looking to bring in for some time.

He said on United's website: “I think it’s important that we continuously look at improving what we’ve got, so rather than being reactive, let’s be proactive. 

“Rhys is a player I know very well and, in terms of the group, he’ll definitely make us better.

"I worked with him at Rochdale, he’s 6ft 3in, predominantly a centre back but can equally play as a full back, or in midfield.

“He’s got those good attributes you want to bring in terms of strength, power, good speed and being honest.”

Beech said Bennett had spoken to clubs at higher levels but had not been able to secure a move.

"We’ve kept in contact and I’ve been keen to bring him in from the get-go," United's boss added.

"Geographically he relocated when he played for Peterborough, so sorting that out has probably been one of the biggest obstacles for him.

“But with family in the north west it’s enabled us to capitalise on a smooth transition and he’s itching to get involved and be in a positive environment.”