FORMER Ireland striker Stephen Elliott is back in football after he secured a one-year deal with League Two outfit Carlisle United, writes AIDAN FITZMAURICE.
Still only 30, Elliott's career was in the balance after he left Coventry City in 2013 and due to a serious knee injury he spent 12 months without a club, but he has done enough in training to convince Carlisle boss Graham Kavanagh - a former team-mate with Ireland and Sunderland - that he has more to offer.
"This is a signing which has taken the longest amount of time to complete. I was in a position where I wanted him to prove his fitness and he's more than done that," says Kavanagh.
"I think he'll be a really good addition to the group. I played with him at Sunderland, and with Ireland, and I know his character very well. I also know his ability and his personality are right in terms of what we want to add.
"He hasn't played for over a year so there is a little bit of a gamble involved with it. However, it's a gamble I feel is justified because he's shown us that he's ready to go," Kavanagh added.