Former Birmingham and Ireland midfielder Keith Fahey has signed for Airtricity League champions St Patrick’s Athletic for the 2014 season.

Fahey, who has 16 Ireland caps under his belt, was released by Championship outfit Birmingham at the end of the 2012/13 season.

Fahey, who will be 31 next month, previously played for Pat’s from 2003-2008 before he was signed by Alex McLeish at Birmingham where he went on to make 130 appearances and picked up a League Cup winners medal in 2011.

The Dubliner has had an injury blighted last couple of years and underwent hip surgery last summer which severely hampered his prospects of finding a new club.

He had a trial period at League One club Sheffield United in October but failed to secure a contract, but Fahey insists he rejected better offers financially to return to Ireland.

"I'm delighted with the prospect of coming home and to be back at the club. I really enjoyed my time here before so I'm now just looking forward to get back playing football," he said.

"I was offered various deals from other clubs and ones which were financially a lot better, but I've come back here because of the great loyalty I've always received.

"Both the fans and the club have always been great to me, and the stability of the club behind the scenes really made me want to come back and play my football in Inchicore again."