SSE Airtricity Premier Division champions Dundalk have made their second signing off the close season by adding former Manchester City and England underage midfielder Will Patching to their ranks.

The 21-year-old is a product of the Man City youth development program and has been capped 25 times at underage level by England.

Patching spent last season in League Two with Notts County and becomes Dundalk's second winter signing, joining Greg Sloggett who moved to Oriel Park from Derry City.

"It's a great feeling to be at the club," Patching said. "It happened all in the last week, I met Vinny [Perth] and have been impressed with everything. It has been good and I am glad to be here.

"The facilities are great and it seems like a good place to play. I have done my research on the club and we have been very successful. I am a player who loves to score goals, assist and play high up the pitch. I am hoping to bring that to the team.

"I want to win trophies here, that is what I have come here to do. I want to do well in Europe. That is a big thing for me. I know that the club got to the Group Stages of the Europa League a few years ago and the aim is to get back there.

"I want to be successful and win everything while I am here."We are delighted to finally get Will to the club.  We have been working on this one for a while. Will has had a Rolls Royce upbringing in football."

Head coach Vinny Perth is expecting big things from Patching and believes he can fulfill his potential with the club. 

"He has been at the very best club in Manchester City. He has been capped underage at England. We feel he may have lost his way a bit in the last year in the game.

"The final part of his development as a footballer is learning how to play men's football and becoming a man on the football pitch.

"A certain amount of that has been done at Notts County where we have watched a lot of his football and we have been very impressed with what we have seen. We believe we are signing a player with huge potential. We believe he can become a real star."