The News and Star report that coach Gavin Skelton, who has rejoined Carlisle United, did not sign a contract with Workington Reds before his shock u-turn, it has been claimed.

The Cumbrian’s return to Brunton Park in his previous academy job was today confirmed by the Blues.

It followed Skelton’s two-game, six-day spell at Workington’s helm before he resigned at the weekend.

Carlisle director of football David Holdsworth said Skelton had had a “change of heart” and United were delighted to welcome him back.

He also said Skelton was free to make his decision as he had not put pen to paper at Borough Park.

“Gavin, over Christmas saw an opportunity [to go to Workington]… he went down there, and he had a change of heart,” Holdsworth said.

“Gavin’s now back as our [development] phase coach, back inside the club, and we’re delighted.”

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