Former Carlisle United defender Michael Raynes has taken a player/assistant manager role in non-league.

The ex-Blues centre-half has joined North West Counties Division One South outfit Stockport Town.

Raynes, 34, has signed a two-year deal to combine playing and coaching duties.

Speaking on the club's website, the former United man said: "I am very happy to agree and sign this deal with Stockport Town FC.

"I cannot thank the gaffer and his team for their belief in me and giving me the chance to be a part of the team and club on its extremely exciting project and journey."

Manager Paul Turnbull described Raynes' signing as "massive" for the club given his Football League experience.

Stockport Town, who finished 11th in the league in 2021/22, are owned by Pro Football Academy, which was last year bought by wealthy businessman and Stockport County owner Mark Stott.

Former Carlisle star Matt Jansen was manager of the club for a spell before returning to a role with County, who are favourites for promotion from the National League.

Raynes has been coaching in County's academy.

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