Former Republic of Ireland international Stephen Ireland has signed a short-term deal with Championship side Bolton Wanderers.

The 32-year-old was released by Stoke City in June after the club's relegation from the Premier League.

Speaking on the Bolton Wanderers website, manager Phil Parkinson said: "Although he's got a bit to do in terms of match fitness, we've got a lot of games coming up and I'm sure he will make a positive contribution." 

Ireland also played with Manchester City Aston Villa and Newcastle since moving to England from Cobh Ramblers in 2005.