Ex-Northern Ireland winger Ivan Sproule signs for Linfield

Ivan Sproule

Former Northern Ireland winger Ivan Sproule has agreed a deal with Linfield which will see him play for the Blues until the end of the 2014-15 season.

The 32-year-old, capped 11 times, last month asked Ross County to terminate his contract for personal reasons.

Sproule returns to part-time football after nine years as a professional with Hibs, Bristol City and Ross County.

The Castlederg man is understood to have also spoken to League of Ireland clubs Derry City and Sligo Rovers.

Sproule will not be eligible to play until the January transfer window opens.

The ex-Omagh Town and Institute player won his first cap as a substitute in Northern Ireland's famous 1-0 win over England at Windsor Park in September, 2005.

Sproule scored a goal on his first start for Northern Ireland, against Estonia on 1 March 2006, and made his last Northern Ireland appearance in 2007.

The Windsor Park club have also been linked with transfer-listed Portadown forward Kevin Braniff and Glentoran's Jimmy Callacher.