Plymouth Argyle sign much-travelled defender Guy Branston

Plymouth Argyle have signed former Aldershot and Torquay centre-back Guy Branston until the end of the season.

The 34-year-old returns to Home Park after an eight-game loan spell between November 1998 and February 1999 while he was at Leicester City.

"I have got a lot of time for the gaffer [John Sheridan]. He doesn't suffer fools. I'm not a fool," he said.

Branston is a direct replacement for Darren Purse, who left Argyle last week to join Port Vale.

He has played for 19 clubs in a 15-year career, including 18 months at Torquay between January 2010 and June 2011, and ended a seven-month stay at Aldershot last week.

Recalling his previous spell at Plymouth, he told the club website:  "I remember doing well down here and enjoying it, but it was just too far away from Leicester for me to live.

"Mentally, it was tough. As a young boy, I still had that mentality 'You've got to be around your friends; you've got to be around your girlfriend' that kind of thing.

"Now I'm down because my girlfriend is down here, in Devon. It's my home now. My family's down here and it's where I want to be. It's good that I can kick on and hopefully do well here."