Clint Hill has signed a short-term deal with Carlisle United, the club have tonight confirmed.

The 38-year-old defender could now make his Blues debut at Crewe on Saturday after a trial period.

Hill has had two separate spells training with the Cumbrians recently, returning this week to play for the reserves against Morecambe.

He scored Carlisle's opening goal in a 2-0 win and the former Rangers and QPR man has now completed a move to the Blues.

United manager Keith Curle said on the club website: "I know Clint very well and I'm pleased that we've been able to bring him into our club.

"He is professional, thorough and diligent in everything he does and he'll enjoy being part of the group we've put together here.

"He's had the chance to take a look at us and find out a bit about what we're about over the last few weeks and he sees this is a good step at this stage of his career.

"Fitness wise he has looked after himself really well and his career path shows that has always been the case.

"He has played at the highest levels and brings a level of experience those around him will be able to learn from and work off.

"He sets and demands high standards and I know he sees this is a good challenge and one he's looking forward to."

Vastly-experienced Hill, 39 next month, had returned to train with QPR but was unable to agree terms to rejoin the Loftus Road club permanently.

His 20-year first-team career began with Tranmere, while he went on to have spells with Oldham, Stoke, and Crystal Palace.

He worked with Curle during a six-year stint at QPR before spending last season with Rangers.

He was released at the end of last season and trained with Chesterfield earlier this summer.

He joins United as the 18th-placed Blues seek an upturn in form after going five games without a win in League Two.

Carlisle have not yet specified how long Hill's deal runs for.

The move is subject to the clearance of paperwork.