Paul Simpson hopes Carlisle United can continue to call on Jamie Devitt’s expertise even though he’s now signed for Workington Reds.

Manager Simpson revealed the midfielder has been doing some scouting work for the Blues despite being released in the summer.

The 33-year-old has now linked up with Danny Grainger’s Workington in a player-coach role.

Simpson says he wishes the popular midfielder well with his move, but hopes it isn’t the end of his connection with United.

“I’m delighted for Dev,” said Simpson.

“He’s been in here doing his rehab work so we were aware that was going on.

“He’s been doing some scouting for us – he has been since pre-season. We asked him if he would help us because we needed somebody in that north west area.

“He’s done loads of games, I wouldn’t even have a clue how many, and lots of opposition analysis as well. We’re getting reports from Dev.

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“And I think when he’s available he will continue to do that. Even though he’s not a player for us he’s been helping us over this season so far.”

Devitt left United after an injury-hit 2022/23 season, with Simpson often paying tribute to the midfielder’s character and influence behind the scenes during Carlisle’s promotion campaign.

He now hopes he can make the most of his time in west Cumbria with Grainger’s Northern Premier League Premier Division side.

“He’s had horrendous luck [with injuries] and it might suit him to just do a couple of days a week training and play on a Saturday,” added Simpson.

“He’s got some ability, he’s still got something to offer.

“I think the way that Workington play will suit Dev as well, because they’re a footballing side.

“I just hope he can stay fit. But I also hope he can carry on doing some scouting for us.”