Midfielder Connor Hammell hopes his move to Workington Reds will breath new life into his dwindling career.

The 19-year-old midfielder was released by boyhood team Carlisle United last week, but manager Derek Townsley wasted no time in snapping up the youngster.

Hammell has spent time on loan at Whitehaven and Penrith this season and has joined Reds until the end of the season.

He made his debut in midfield against Ilkeston last Saturday as injury-stricken Reds romped home 3-0.

He said: "I've got mixed emotions about leaving Carlisle if I'm honest. I've been there since I was a young boy and I was disappointed that this year I didn't get to play.

"But I'm happy to be sent somewhere where I can play football and enjoy it there.

"Most of my family are from here and support Reds and I used to watch them when I was young.

"I know I'm coming from a higher level, but it shouldn't be a problem and I will do my best."

He joined Carlisle as a 10-year-old, but made just two league appearances during his time at Brunton Park.

The youngster signed his first professional contract last summer, but didn't feature at all this season in the first team.

Hammell can play either as a central midfielder or a central attacking midfielder.

He added: "Going from not playing at Carlisle to going to help Reds get promoted would be a big difference and would mean quite a lot.

"It was nice to get a game on Saturday. I've not played for ages and it was a test for my fitness and I'm happy to be playing again.

"Having been at Carlisle this year when they have been going for promotion, I know what it means to the local people.

"It would be good to get Reds back up and I will be happy to help."