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Defence bolstered by signing of McShane
Thursday, 10th Oct 2019 12:26 by AtThePeake

Dale have today confirmed the signing of former Hull City and Reading defender Paul McShane.

With injuries plaguing the squad, plus international call-ups ruling Luke Matheson and Rhys Norrington-Davies out of this weekend's home fixture against Accrington Stanley, Brian Barry-Murphy has moved to bring in the 33 year old on a short-term deal until January.

Although a centre-back by trade, he is capable of filling in as a full-back on either side and brings a wealth of experience to a young squad having earned 33 international caps for the Republic of Ireland over a ten year period.

McShane started his career with Manchester United, never making a first-team appearance for the Red Devils but spending time out on loan at Walsall and Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Wicklow-born defender then enjoyed spells with West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland and Hull City before joining Reading in 2015 and being named captain in the same summer.

Having made over 100 appearances in all competitions for the Royals, he was released in May after four years at the Madejski Stadium.

Here's what the Reading fans on Twitter had to say following his release from the Berkshire club this summer:

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