The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By James An­drew

NORTH­ERN Ire­land cen­tre­half Ryan McGivern has signed a con­tract with Northamp­ton Town un­til Jan­uary.

The 27-year-old be­came a free agent in the Au­gust trans­fer win­dow and was most re­cently with Shrews­bury af­ter spells with Hiber­nian in 2013-14 and Port Vale from 2014-16.

The 6ft 2in de­fender played for his coun­try in the 0-0 draw with the Czech Re­pub­lic in Sep­tem­ber and joins the Cobblers to pro­vide squad depth.

“Ryan has been train­ing with us for a few weeks and has done well,” said Northamp­ton man­ager Jimmy Floyd Has­sel­baink.

“I feel we need to strengthen the squad in the cen­tral de­fen­sive areas and he will come in to do that.

“With Re­gan Poole play­ing a lot of his foot­ball in mid­field re­cently and Leon Bar­nett re­cov­er­ing from in­jury, Ash Tay­lor and Aaron Pierre have done very well, but they have had to play a lot of foot­ball re­cently and haven't had the ben­e­fit of com­pe­ti­tion for their places.

“Ryan com­ing in pro­vides that and, with him hav­ing been on the train­ing ground with us for a while, we have had the chance to have a look at him and he has al­ready fit­ted in well with the group.”

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