Dundalk have secured the services of defender Alan Keane and midfielder Dean Shiels on free transfers.

Keane has spent his entire career in the west of Ireland, beginning his career with Galway United and helped them to promotion in 2006 before moving to Sligo Rovers.

From 2009 he won a clean sweep of domestic honours with Sligo.

Aside from winning the EA Sports Cup, the Setanta Cup, three FAI Cups and the SSE Airtricity League in 2012, Keane also competed in the Champions League and the Europa League with Sligo.  

The 31-year-old expressed his happiness at joining the champions.

“I am very happy to have signed for the club,” he enthused.

“It’s a great place to be around at the moment. You could see with the publicity that they got in Ireland that they are a club going places, so I was pleased to get the call.

“Stephen Kenny can be a very persuasive man. But it was only a club like Dundalk that could have got me out of retirement - a club at the top trying to win the league again and possibly the cup, with the European games to come, it’s great.”

Keane made over 200 appearances for the Bit o’ Red before entering retirement at the end of last season.

Shiels spent the last four seasons at Glasgow Rangers. 

The Northern Ireland international helped the club to successive promotions on their way back to the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish Challenge Cup before being released in the summer.

Before his stint in Glasgow, the 31-year-old lined out for Hibernian, Doncaster Rovers and had two separate spells at Kilmarnock, managed by his father Kenny, where he won the Scottish League Cup in 2012.

The Maghera native has also lined out for his country on 14 occasions.

“I want to win things,” Shiels said after completing his deal.

“I have won trophies in Scotland and Dundalk have won trophies over the last couple of years so that’s what I have come here for. I want to win as many things as possible and the lure of European football helped too.”