Workington Reds assistant manager Steven Rudd says new signing Dan Carmichael is eager to help the side out of their relegation woes.

Rudd played with Carmichael in his last stint at Workington and says he is exactly the type of player they want around Borough Park.

He believes the former Hibernian and Queen of the South player will slot right into the Reds squad and be an asset to the club.

“I’ve known Dan since we were 16 years old doing the football programme at Newton Rigg College and playing for Workington Reserves,” explained Rudd, who stepped in to assist manager Lee Andrews when he took over the hot seat earlier this year.

“Dan has a great attitude and works really hard so personality wise he will fit straight in with the lads.

“Footballing wise he has played for Hibernian and Queen of the South so has had time in the SPL. He is a great footballer and adds perfectly to what we already have.

“He is really positive going forward and as a character he will be really looking forward to the challenge.

“As soon as I spoke to him he said yes and that he couldn’t wait to help get us out of trouble and that is the type of character we want around the place.”

He said Carmichael would be a familiar face to some of the older heads at Borough Park, like Gari Rowntree, Dan Wordsworth and Aaran Taylor who would remember him from his first spell at the club.

“They will all know exactly what he is about and he has been training with us a couple of times so I’m sure it will be easy getting him involved with a match day squad, he will fit straight in,” he added.

Reds have to prepare to go back on the road on Saturday as they travel to play Grantham Town in another crucial clash.

Last weekend’s home game with Mickleover Sports was a victim of the wet weather which was both a disappointment and a bonus to the Reds squad and management.

They had wanted to build on their victory over Bamber Bridge the previous week but Rudd admits it has also given some players a chance to get over niggles and get back to full fitness.

“It has given lads chance to get over colds and niggles so we have to look at it as a positive and get ready to go again this week,” said Rudd.

“It was disappointing that the game was off as we wanted to get a couple of results back-to-back and build confidence to get on a roll.

“But on the flip side the lads that might have had to play through niggles got an extra few days to recover.”