Shamrock Rovers defender Lee Grace has signed a new contract with the club after opting to stay at Tallaght Stadium despite interest from clubs abroad.

The Hoops announced a squad update this afternoon, with manager Stephen Bradley confirming Grace has penned a three-year contract.

Bradley was speaking during a lengthy interview with Game On on RTE2fm, which will be broadcast tonight.

The defender, who turned 27 last Sunday, spent time training with Hull City last month, but the Championship side opted against offering the former Galway United man a contract.

Bradley said: "Lee has committed to three years with us. We're delighted. He had three offers from outside of the country. When he came back from holiday he rang and said he wanted to sign.

"He didn't want to do any of them. He’s happy and wants to push on. We’re delighted because he is a top player. He is a leader, a real man.

"He has so many really strong attributes that are important in our dressing-room. Players listen to him. Staff listen to him.

"On the pitch, he calms us down and gets us playing. He is a great age for us and we’re delighted he has committed to us for the next three years."

Bradley also confirmed to RTÉ Sport that he will sign three to five more players to add to the 21 confirmed today.

Liam Scales, signed from UCD last week, is the only new addition so far.

The FAI Cup winning-manager was asked about one of those being a striker, with some pundits suggest the lack of an out and out goalscorer is a weak point in a very strong group.

Bradley said: "I think that has obviously been a big debate but we are very, very clear on how we play. We need players that fit into how we play. Let’s be honest, there are very few strikers around that first of all would be willing to play here and second of all have the attributes we need.

"We are very, very happy. For me, Aaron Greene was the best striker in the league last year. If you ask most defenders, he is a disaster to play (against) because he’s really quick, strong, clever enough to come off and play. He can play wide, he can run in behind. He has so many good attributes.

"For us to go and get someone better than Aaron is not easy. Are we always looking to improve and get players to push people on? Of course. We continue to do so.

"We won’t just sign a player to sign a player. It is an area we will look to strengthen."  

Listen to Game On on RTE2fm from 6pm to 8pm this evening.