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Doyle joins the squad

31 January 2019

Club News

Doyle joins the squad

31 January 2019

Notts County have confirmed the signing of experienced midfielder Michael Doyle from Coventry.

The 37-year-old has made over 700 appearances during his career and won promotion to Sky Bet League One with the Sky Blues last season.

He made 24 appearances for Coventry during the first part of this campaign, scoring once, and has been a prime target for Notts manager Neal Ardley.

“It’s been a lengthy pursuit as he is someone I’ve admired for a long time,” said the boss.

“From day one we’ve said we wanted to introduce leadership qualities and character into the squad and Michael adds that alongside Jim O’Brien.

“He’s a player that is used to being at the top end of the league and has several promotions on his CV so I feel proud that he wants to come and play for us.

“For him to be prepared to join us and say ‘let’s do this’ says a lot about this club and hopefully he will drive us forward to achieve what we want.

“He’s very good on the ball, combative, knows where he should be on the pitch and makes play tick.

“Most of all, though, it’s like having a manager’s voice in the middle of the park.”

Doyle came through Celtic’s academy before joining Coventry for the first time, where he featured on 300 occasions.

He spent a season on loan at Leeds before heading to Sheffield United in January 2011 where he spent four years.

The midfielder joined Portsmouth in 2015 and won promotion from League Two in his second season at Fratton Park before re-joining Coventry ahead of 2017-18.

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