Derry City have secured Brighton and Hove Albion defender Josh Kerr on a six-month loan deal. 

The 20-year-old Scot has spent the last year and a half with the Seagulls having moved from Celtic. Kerr has been a regular for Brighton's Under-23s but hasn't been able to make the breakthrough into Chris Hughton's first team. 

Kerr sought advice from his compatriot Ally Roy, who played for the club last season, and Derry native Shane Duffy, before making the switch.

"Josh has been on the radar for a while," Candystripes boss Declan Devine told the club website.

"[He] ticks all the boxes for us in terms of age profile, background, ability and presence.

"Everybody’s coming here for the right reasons, everyone’s coming here with a point to prove and are determined to play."

"I thinks it’s vital for a young centre-back, you’ve to get your games and you can only get better with experience."

Derry kick off the new season against newly promoted UCD at the Brandywell next month.