Workington Reds boss Danny Grainger has welcomed the valuable help of former Carlisle United coach Lee Fearn.

The former Blues fitness coach is working with Grainger’s newly-promoted squad ahead of the new season.

Fearn, who was on the United backroom staff during Grainger’s playing days at Brunton Park, was with the Reds set-up for Saturday’s friendly with the Blues.

The Borough Park manager said his role and insight, on a part-time basis, will be of great value to Reds.

“Lee is coming in to help out on the sports science and fitness side, which is massive for us,” said Grainger.

“He’s a massive asset for us. There is lots of stuff we can bounce off him.

“We were looking at training for Thursday night, for example, and there were ideas I sent him of what I’m looking at, and he’s tweaked it a little bit, so we’re both getting out exactly what we want to get out of the session.

“It’s ideal for me.”

Fearn, who also worked with Reds last season, was United’s sports science and conditioning coach for four campaigns under the management regimes of Graham Kavanagh and Keith Curle.

He left in 2018 to move into another profession.

Grainger also said Workington are grateful for the help of Billy Redden in working with the Borough Park club’s goalkeepers.

Reds were due to take on Carlisle City tonight in their latest pre-season friendly, as they build up for life in the Northern Premier League Premier Division, but the game has been called off after the heavy rain today.

Workington have so far faced Whitehaven AFC, Dumbarton and Carlisle in their programme of friendlies so far.

Grainger, who led his side to promotion through the play-offs last season, is assessing trialists Lewis Boyd and Connor Hammell, whilst he also hoping to add more new faces to his squad ahead of the league campaign’s start on August 12.