Released Carlisle United striker Sam Fishburn has signed for their opening-day League One opponents Fleetwood Town.

The former Blues youth product has joined Fleetwood's development squad for the 2023/24 season.

The big frontman makes the move after his departure from United this summer.

The 19-year-old was not retained by Paul Simpson after Carlisle's promotion from League Two last season.

He had impressed in the youth team before having loan spells with Lancaster City, Blyth Spartans and Morpeth Town.

Fishburn was one of a number of players released last month but he has been quick to secure another EFL club.

Fleetwood say Fishburn has signed a one-year deal with the option of a further year.

"Fishburn will now join up with Matthew Lawlorโ€™s Development Squad as they return to pre-season training at Poolfoot Farm and will meet his new teammates this week," a Fleetwood statement said.

The teenager made 15 first-team appearances for the Blues, all in the 2021/22 season under Chris Beech and Keith Millen.

That spell included three League Two starts and six further sub appearances.

Fleetwood face United in the first game of the 2023/24 third-tier campaign at Brunton Park.