St Patrick's Athletic have announced the signing of former Bolton Wanderers defender Jak Hickman.
The 22-year-old joins the Inchicore outfit having left the English League 2 side at the end of last season after one year at the club.
The right-back spent the final three months of last season on loan at King's Lynn Town in the English National League and also previously played for Coventry City.
"It's good to be here. My season finished in May and I spoke to other clubs in England but I heard about the opportunity to come over here and it was one that I couldn't pass up on," said Hickman.
"It's a different experience for me and I'm looking forward to a new chapter. The club is on the up and there is a process going on here, you can see that with how well the lads are doing in the league.
"There's some really good players here, I've got to see that for myself, it's a very good standard and it's something that I wanted to be involved in."
Saints boss Stephen O'Donnell said the signing would help add cover to a problem position in the wake of John Mountney's injury.
"We are delighted to get Jak on board. We got the injury to John Mountney in Dundalk recently so it was a position that we needed to strengthen in," he said.
"Jak has great great pedigree, he played a number of times last season for Bolton in League 2 and got promoted.
"He's shown good quality in training so far and we are looking forward to working with him."