AFC Wimbledon's summer squad revamp has edged closer to completion with the signing of experienced centre-back Rod McDonald.
The 26-year-old has signed for an undisclosed fee from League One new boys Coventry City, Rod having played a key part in promotion for the Sky Blues last season.
Assistant Manager Neil Cox expects the addition of Rod to ramp up the competition for defensive places during 2018/19.
"Rod is quick, strong, pacy, and he organises people at the back," said Neil. "He is exactly what we've been looking for. He had a good grounding in non league football, playing many games at that level, and then he came up and did well last season at Coventry. We went to watch someone else last season, but we seen Rod play then and we were impressed with him. Once his name popped up that he would be available, we did some homework on him and we've done really well to get this one over the line.
"We've made a lot of changes this year and we are going to be a little bit younger and more aggressive. There is going to be eight players vying for places at the back and the squad is shaping up well now."
Born in Liverpool, Rod started his career with Manchester City's academy, before switching to Stoke City. Following a brief stint at Oldham Athletic, Rod had spells in non league with Colwyn Bay, Nantwich Town, Hereford United, and AFC Telford United. In 2015, Rod joined Northampton Town after impressing Chris Wilder during a summer trial and he went into make 37 first-team appearances for the Cobblers. The towering centre-back was a regular last season for the Sky Blues during their promotion season from League 2.
Look out soon on iFollow for a first AFC Wimbledon interview with Rod, plus more from Neil Cox on his signing.