Former Carlisle United striker Lewis Alessandra has linked up with a new club.

The experienced forward has signed for Northern Premier League Premier Division outfit South Shields.

The move will see Alessandra playing under Sunderland goalscoring legend Kevin Phillips, who manages the north east side.

It sees the 33-year-old get fixed up three months after being released by the Blues.

Phillips described the signing of Alessandra as a "massive coup".

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He added on the club website: “He is someone who has only ever played league football.

“We’re naturally delighted to have him as he brings added competition to the squad and excellent quality, alongside the players we already have in that position.

“He brings brilliant pedigree, experience and leadership qualities, and fits well with the players we have signed this summer and those who were already here."

Alessandra made 86 appearances and scored 12 goals for the Blues in two-and-a-half seasons.

The ex-Morecambe, Plymouth and Hartlepool frontman added: “South Shields is definitely a club on the up and going places with big aspirations, so I’m delighted to be part of it.

“They made me feel very wanted, which was a big factor in my decision, and I can’t wait to get started.

“I had a chat with the manager, who has great pedigree as a forward himself, and it will be great to get the chance to learn from him, even at my age."

Alessandra is not the only ex-Blues man to join South Shields this summer, with defender Gary Liddle having already joined the First Cloud Arena club.

Ex-United youth defender Dillon Morse is also on their books.

The Mariners finished second in the table last season before missing out on promotion in the play-offs.