Mansfield Town have strengthened their defence with the signing of Aaron O’Driscoll following a successful trial.
The 21-year-old has signed a two-year contract at One Call Stadium and joins Graham Coughlan’s squad after impressing in training and behind-closed-doors friendlies.
Dublin-born, O’Driscoll enjoyed four years at Southampton before leaving Saint Mary’s Stadium last month.
Manager Graham Coughlan said: “As a central defender, Aaron will cover and compete for a first team place.
“He is comfortable on the ball, as you would expect from someone coming from Southampton’s Academy.
“Aaron has lots of potential and with some suitable coaching we might just have a top player on our hands.
“Obviously a pattern is beginning to emerge as to the route we’re going down as a club, with young, hungry emerging talent, which is why our senior players will be vital leaders to our young players this season.”