Former Carlisle United star Jamie Devitt has been appointed assistant manager at Workington Reds along with long-serving captain Conor Tinnion.

The duo have stepped up to the joint role after the departure of Danny Grainger's previous No2 Terry Mitchell.

Devitt, who joined Reds in a player-coaching capacity earlier this season, will now assist his former Carlisle team-mate until the end of the campaign.

Tinnion's move into a similar position means he will no longer serve as club captain - with Dav Symington now taking that role.

The changes to Grainger's backroom staff at Borough Park follow Mitchell's departure to become assistant boss at Darlington.

Workington's manager said he was delighted that 33-year-old Devitt and 32-year-old former United youth team player Tinnion had agreed to step up.

"Both have a vast knowledge about the game and are dedicated to the club and me," said Grainger, speaking on Workington's website.

"They won't be scared to voice an opinion which is hugely important in this position.

"Working alongside [goalkeeping coach] Billy Redden and myself, I'm sure we can deliver a positive second half to the season."

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Leading scorer Symington, 29, will now wear the armband for Reds. "He has shown his leadership qualities over the last couple of seasons and has been influential in the dressing room," said Grainger of the former Carlisle United academy graduate.

The appointments come ahead of Workington's trip to take on Northern Premier League Premier Division leaders Radcliffe on Saturday.

The game will mark the end of the playing career of Radcliffe's former Carlisle United midfielder Luke Joyce, who is retiring as he prepares to start a new full-time scouting role with Premier League club Brentford.

Workington sit 15th in the table as they prepare to take on a side managed by ex-Salford City duo Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson, and whose side includes another former Carlisle favourite in Nicky Adams.