Former Carlisle United keeper and coach Tony Caig has joined Newcastle United.

The Cumbrian has taken up the role as head of academy goalkeeping at the Premier League club.

It sees Caig return to St James' Park having been on their playing books some 16 years ago.

The move sees the former Workington Reds man leave his goalkeeping coach role at Dundee United.

Newcastle say Caig will play a lead role in developing their under-23 keepers as well as overseeing their academy's overall goalkeeping programme.

Caig, 47, said: "I'm delighted to be offered the opportunity to take up the position.

"Once I was contacted by Steve Harper and talked through the specifics of the role, I knew it was something that I wanted to take on and, along with the other coaching staff, really help to develop the academy goalkeeping department."

Caig had started the season with Falkirk before switching to Tannadice.

The experienced coach, from Cleator Moor, now returns to the English game.

Speaking on the Magpies' website, he added: "As a player, I was fortunate enough to be in a supporting role as part of the squad during the Sir Bobby Robson era so when the opportunity came about to return and work with some of the same people who are now at the club in different positions, it made the decision very easy for me.

"I also look forward to building relationships with new staff members that I've not had the chance to work with before."

Newcastle academy boss and former keeper Harper added: "Tony is vastly experienced both as a player and coach and leaves first-team football to join us.

We are now at over 20 staffing changes in the last 12 months and the excellent addition of someone of Tony's pedigree demonstrates the progress we continue to make."

News and Star: Caig was a home-grown star for Carlisle in the 1990sCaig was a home-grown star for Carlisle in the 1990s

Caig was a home-grown star at United in the 1990s and a key part of their promotion and Wembley campaigns in 1994/5 and 1996/7.

His playing career also saw spells with Blackpool, Charlton, Hibernian, Barnsley, Vancouver Whitecaps, Gretna, Houston Dynamo and Chesterfield.

After a spell with Workington, he rejoined United as goalkeeping coach and back-up keeper, and also had a spell as joint caretaker manager alongside Paul Thirlwell after the sacking of Graham Kavanagh.

His coaching roles since then have included spells with Hartlepool, Bury and Livingston as well as with the Scottish FA.