MK Dons have confirmed the signing of experienced centre-back Richard Keogh, who returns to professional football after his exit from Derby last year.

The defender, who turns 34 next week, has signed a deal of undisclosed length with the club. He is their third confirmed signing, following the arrival of Daniel Harvie and a second loan spell for Carlton Morris.

The Irish international has not played since having his contract cancelled by Derby last October, after he was sacked by the Championship club for misconduct. He had joined Derby from Coventry in 2012, was club captain, and had previously won multiple Player of the Year and Player’s Player of the Year awards at the Rams.

Keogh told iFollow MK Dons of his delight to confirm the move.

He said, Once I spoke to Russ and saw the vision and playing style he has – it just felt like the right fit for me.

“I can’t be more excited, it’s a fantastic set up here and I really believe in what Russ is trying to build here – I think it’s going to be a perfect fit for me. When I saw he got the MK Dons job I was always keeping an eye out for how he was doing, to do what he did in the short space of time, to change the philosophy and the culture in that period was fantastic

“We want to play an exciting brand of football and when you do that – people buy in and feel excited about it. I can’t wait to get on the shirt and I’m looking forward now, I’ve missed a lot of football and you’re getting someone who is going to be excited, hungry to play and push this team forward.”