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Imps boss Danny Cowley is delighted with the "important signing" of former Northern Ireland international Michael O'Connor, following the midfielder's arrival on Wednesday evening.

The 30-year-old has made over 300 league appearances after coming through the ranks at Crewe Alexandra, and has since won promotion to League One and Championship with Rotherham United, as well as featuring 11 times for his country.

O'Connor becomes Cowley's third summer signing, following the arrivals of Bruno Andrade and Harry Toffolo.

Danny couldn't hide his joy at bringing the former Notts County midfielder to Sincil Bank.

"He’s an important signing, and there’s not many midfielders in League Two that can boast an international record like his," the Imps boss said.

"He’s captained the last three clubs he has been at so that says a lot about him as an individual in terms of what character and personality he will bring."

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O'Connor has featured for Northern Ireland from U15 to U21 levels before earning a full debut in 2008, and Cowley believes his latest signing will be a superb addition to his squad.

"He brings a wealth of experience with him," he added.

"He uses the ball well and he’s physically very strong. He will give an opportunity for our other midfielders to play a little bit further up the field and join in off the back of the forwards as they like to do.

"We feel like we’re getting a nice balance and we only try to sign players that will make us significantly better and Michael is one of those.

"He will give us that positional intelligence and some physicality and importantly he handles the ball very well and we think that will make our team better going forward."

Watch Michael O'Connors first interview since returning to Sincil Bank HERE.