Northampton Town have confirmed the signing of defender Alan Sheehan on a free transfer.

Sheehan, 34, has signed an appearance-based contract at the club, which reunites the defender with manager Keith Curle after playing under him at Notts County.

The Irishman has made over 400 professional appearances for clubs such as Leeds United, Swindon Town, Notts County, Bradford City and Luton Town, the latter of whom he lead to back-to-back promotions.

Sheehan had been without a club since being released by Lincoln City over the summer, having only played once for The Imps, with manager Keith Curle confirming he has been training with the club for a few weeks.

The defender was straight into active duty for the club, playing 78 minutes for Northampton in their match against Portsmouth today (27/10).

Speaking to the official Northampton Town website, Curle said, “He is an influential figure, a leader, an excellent character, he understands his craft of defending and is a very good player.

“He has very high standards, he is a good organiser and an excellent example to other players around him. We have signed a top professional, an organiser and someone who I feel will be of benefit to us.

“I managed him 8 or 9 years ago when he was at Notts County and he has an excellent football brain. He can play and he can defend and he spots danger. Having an old head out there who has been there and done it to push people around and organise things out on the field can only be a good thing.”