Shot-stopper Aaran Taylor will not be returning to Workington Reds next season as he heads for pastures new.

Taylor and defender Matty Douglas were both confirmed to be departing the club this week as new manager Danny Grainger starts to shape up his new squad.

The duo were offered new deals to keep them with Reds but they have made the decision to leave.

“We made fair offers to keep them at the club but both wanted a new challenge,” the manager explained.

Douglas agreed terms initially but then had a change of heart and confirmed he was leaving after three successful years with the club. He was a triple ‘player-of-the-year’ recipient in his second season and has started 122 games in total.

Taylor only missed two matches last term and had amassed more than 290 appearances for the Reds in three spells at Borough Park.

The club thanked the duo for their service to Reds over recent seasons and wished them well as the next chapter of their respective careers unfold.

Workington supporters demanded major surgery to the squad after last season’s failings and the summer of change continued with a couple of talented youngsters joining the club.

Luke Ivison and Liam Brockbank have agreed terms with the manager and will be keen to make an impact in senior football in the months ahead.

Ivison got a brief taste of first team football towards the end of the campaign having progressed via the Reserves while Millom-based Brockbank was released from Carlisle United after starring in their Cumberland Cup Final success over Penrith.

Both players featured for Reds in the recent ‘Legends’ game at Borough Park.

Workington Reds and Workington Town are joining forces this weekend to welcome supporters and talk about the future.

The two clubs are holding a question and answer session for fans involving their respective new coaches on Friday.

New Reds boss Danny Grainger and Town head coach Chris Thorman will be in the Gus Risman Bar, at Derwent Park, with a new signing and the 2018/19 Reds captain set to be announced on the night.

Doors will open at 7.30pm, with the session expected to start at 8pm.