League One side Rochdale have confirmed on their official club website that former Reading, Hull City and Sunderland defender Paul McShane has joined the club on a short-term deal, signing a deal that will keep him at Spotland until January.

Republic of Ireland international defender Paul McShane has been a free agent for a few months having departed Championship outfit Reading earlier on this summer, and now it has been confirmed that he has a new club. League One side Rochdale have moved to bring him in on a short-term deal.

McShane comes in to add some experience to Brian Barry-Murphy’s side, providing him with some further defensive cover as well. The 33-year-old spoke to the club website upon the announcement on the deal, saying that he is excited to get going under Barry-Murphy. He said:

“I spoke to the manager a few weeks ago, and now I’m just looking forward to getting started.

“I want to come here, play as many games as I can, and try and win as many games as I can. I want to be a part of something. Brian [Barry-Murphy] is an up and coming manager and he wants to do things the right way.

“I’ve been training with a team myself and I’ve been trying to keep my training specific to playing football, so I’m dying to get going. I’ve got great motivation to help this Club as much as possible and try to take them to the next level.”

Having come through the Manchester United academy, McShane has played for the likes of West Brom, Sunderland, Hull City and Reading, making 372 career appearances in the process.