English Championship side Coventry City have signed midfielder Gary Deegan on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

The former Bohemians, Galway United, Longford Town and Shelbourne central-midfield was voted onto the 2009 PFAI Team of the Season and will be available for the Sky Blues’ home game against Barnsley on 9 January.

Coventry City manager Chris Coleman said: ‘We are delighted to have secured Gary’s signature and we believe we have acquired not only a very good technical footballer but also a very tenacious and hard-working one as well who will complement the players we already have here.

‘There were a number of other clubs interested in Gary’s services so it was important we moved quickly and I’m very much looking forward to working with him when he becomes eligible for us in the New Year.’

Dublin-born Deegan was a key part of Bohemians' title-winning teams of 2008 and 2009 and scored five goals in 34 appearances.