St Patrick's Athletic have announced the signing of striker Ronan Hale from Crusaders.

Hale, who scored three goals in 12 appearances for Crusaders, has signed an 18-month contract with St Pat's which will keep him at Richmond Park until the end of the 2020 season.

Hale only joined the Belfast club in January, with his older brother, Rory, signing for Crusaders at the same time.

The Belfast-born striker has represented the Republic of Ireland at Under-18, U-19 and U-21 level, and joined Crues following spells with Birmingham City and Derry City.

The 20-year-old joins a St Pat's side who lie fifth in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table, six points off fourth placed Derry.

The Inchicore club have struggled for goals this season, scoring just 21 times in their 27 league outings, leaving them with a goal difference of -5, which is significantly worse than the four teams above them.

He had two years remaining on his contract with Crusaders.

They said: "We would like to thank Ronan for his time at Seaview and wish him all the best for the future and his career."