Carlisle have signed defender Frank Simek on a two-year deal after the USA international was released by Sheffield Wednesday at the end of last season.
Manager Greg Abbott had been looking for a replacement for Richard Keogh after the right-back decided to quit the club for Championship side Coventry.
Simek, who has five caps for the USA, just missed out on a place in Bob Bradley's World Cup squad.
He moved to England as a youngster and played for Arsenal's youth team, but made just the one appearance for Arsene Wenger's first team and enjoyed loan spells at QPR and Bournemouth.
Wednesday signed the tough-tackling defender back in 2005 where he made 130 first-team appearances and played alongside Carlisle assistant manager Graham Kavanagh during his time at Hillsborough.
However, a serious ankle injury forced the full-back out of the side in 2007, and he played only a bit-part role under managers Brian Laws and Alan Irvine.
"The most important thing for me is to get back playing again and get my career back on track," admitted Simek.
"I have a lot to prove to a lot of people and I am grateful to Carlisle United for giving me the chance to do that."
Abbott said he was delighted to have landed Simek, saying: "Hopefully this will get the fans thinking we mean business.
"He is a modest lad who just wants to play football. Money wasn't a major consideration for him and that was refreshing to hear."
The American will get a chance to face his old Wednesday team-mates in League One when the Cumbrians travel to Hillsborough on 11th September.