Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the signing of Northern Ireland international Paddy McCourt on a one-year deal and he goes straight into the squad for tonight's match at Leeds United.
The 30-year-old former Barnsley, Celtic and Derry City midfielder joins Albion after passing a medical at St George's Park yesterday, following a successful trial period that begun last Monday.
Manager Sami Hyypia said, "We have seen enough of Paddy in the last week or so to know that he is a player who has quality going forward; he is the type of player who can pick a pass and create a chance.
"He knows the Championship, having spent last season at this level with Barnsley, so he knows what to expect from this league - and he also brings additional experience to the squad."
McCourt made 23 appearances for Barnsley last season, scoring twice – including a dazzling dsiplay at the Amex, as the manager-less Tykes beat Albion 2-1.
Prior to that the Northern Irishman spent five years at Celtic, having moved to Parkhead from Derry City. He played 89 times in the green-and-white hoops, scoring ten goals in the process.
McCourt will wear squad number 20 for Albion.
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