Former Carlisle United prospect Charlie Birch is on the move.

The ex-Blues youth product has left Annan Athletic in order to join Penrith AFC.

It ends a half-season spell with Peter Murphy's Scottish League Two outfit, who announced the move today.

Birch, 20, had joined Annan in the summer after being released by the Blues.

The left-sided player made 14 appearances including seven starts for the Galabank club after heading across the border with fellow ex-United youngster Charlie Barnes.

The son of former Carlisle right-back and current youth team boss Mark Birch, he now links up with Northern League Division One side Penrith under manager Chris Humphrey.

His arrival will boost the Frenchfield Park club who currently sit bottom of their division, having returned to action with a 3-1 defeat at Ashington on Saturday - when Birch made his first appearance for the club.

Birch teams up with another former United pro in Jamie Armstrong at Penrith.

Murphy's Annan, meanwhile, extended their unbeaten run to eight games with a 3-1 win at Cowdenbeath on Saturday.

They sit third in Scotland's fourth tier.