Workington Reds’ defender Matty Douglas has had a change of heart and looks set to join Annan Athletic.

Douglas had initially indicated to new Reds’ boss Danny Grainger that he was ready to re-sign for the Borough Park.

But now it seems he is to make the switch to Scottish League Two with the border club after being tracked by Annan boss Peter Murphy.

The 21-year-old started his career at Carlisle United without making the first team and, when he joined Workington, had to wait patiently for his chance.

That came when Jake Simpson left to take up an appointment with Chesterfield and established himself so well that he was Reds Player of the Year in the 2017-18 season.

Douglas, who can play right-back or centre-back, was also one of Reds’ better players in a miserable season just ended which saw the team relegated.

News of Douglas’ impending departure has been countered by Reds confirming that two key players of the squad have re-signed – striker Scott Allison and defender Josh Calvert.

Manager, and former Carlisle United skipper, Grainger’s negotiating skills were rewarded with Allison and Calvert agreeing to sign for another year and will report back for pre-season training next month.

Both endured frustrating campaigns last season, with injuries restricting their appearances, but have been key members of the squad in recent years.

Allison has been with the club for the past six seasons, scoring prolifically in each of those, and is nearing a century of goals for the club.

Calvert signed for the club in 2014 and quickly raced to a century of appearances in less than three seasons.

Last week, the manager announced his first recruit of the summer when Nathan Waterston agreed to return to Borough Park after a spell with hometown club, Barrow.