FC United of Manchester have signed former Stockport County and Stalybridge Celtic goalkeeper Lewis King on a free transfer.

The 22-year-old joins the National League North outfit as cover for the experienced Dave Carnell, who is recovering after being attacked in Moston last weekend following the club’s end-of-season awards ceremony.

The 6ft 1in Derby-born stopper, who recently left Evo-Stik Premier Division outfit Matlock Town, has played for a number of clubs in the sixth-tier during his short career thus far.

He could make his FC United debut against Witton Albion in the FA Cup second qualifying round at Broadhurst Park on Saturday.

Englishman King started out in the Derby County academy in 2009 before leaving for Sunderland U18s, where he struggled to make an impact and was sent on loan to Stockport in 2012.

His spell at Edgeley Park was made permanent but lasted only a year and was followed by further stints at Eastwood Town, in the Evo-Stik Division One South, and Boston United.

King, who has previously trained with Football League clubs including Barnsley, was released by Stalybridge during the summer after one season at Bower Fold.

He will have big boots to fill after players’ player of the year Carnell, who was sent off earlier this month against AFC Fylde, kept 25 clean sheets in all competitions last season as the Rebels earned promotion as Evo-Stik Premier Division champions.

Karl Marginson’s side sit 12th in the table with four wins, two draws and five defeats from 11 league games this season.

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