Former Workington Reds striker Tom Kilifin will line up against them next season – after he agreed a new deal with Lancaster City.

Kilifin, who asked to be released by Reds after a brief spell at Borough Park last year, has committed himself to the division’s newcomers.

Lancaster were crowned Northern Premier League First Division North champions last season and won promotion, and their manager Phil Brown has been prolific in his recruitment drive.

Kilifin joined Reds from the Giant Axe ahead of the 2016/17 season but said the commute for home matches and training from Lancaster left him feeling jaded and he departed in October.

Kilifin progressed through the City youth teams and arrived back at Lancaster late on in the season after a spell at Kendal Town. But he is not the only striker to be snapped up by Brown as he looks to make an impact on the league.

Brown has also secured the signature of highly-rated striker Oliver Wood from last season’s Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North promotion rivals Colne FC.

The highly-rated forward, who scored no less than 20 times last season for Colne, moves in to shore up the Dollies’ front-line after the departure of Jordan Connerton to Australia.

Brown said: “Oliver is a strong and athletic forward with excellent awareness in and around the penalty box.

“He finishes well, which we can see with the 20 goals he scored for Colne last season. He’s a great addition to our attacking line-up.”

Meanwhile, Lancaster’s club captain Ricky Mercer, defender Josh Westwood, and striker Hannu Tam have all agreed new deals to stay at the club.