STOCKPORT County have secured the services of former MK Dons and Hibernian defender Sean O’Hanlon on a one-year deal.

The 32-year-old centre-back will immediately become the Edgeley Park club’s new captain and experience non-league football for the first time in his distinguished career.

He also wore the armband for League Two outfit Carlisle United last term before departing the Cumbrians earlier this month after two-and-a-half seasons at Brunton Park.

The Merseyside-born player began his career as an Everton trainee but never made a first-team outing and joined Swindon Town in 2004, initially on loan.

O’Hanlon then signed for MK Dons two years later where he enjoyed success, scoring a memorable goal in their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final victory over Grimsby Town at Wembley in 2008 and being named in the PFA League One Team of the Year.

But the 6ft 2in stalwart struggled with injury and was released in the summer of 2011, when he signed for Hibs in the Scottish Premier League.

His stay in Scotland lasted only a season after losing his place in the team following the arrival of Pat Fenlon as manager at Easter Road and O’Hanlon was eventually snapped up by then League One club Carlisle.

The former England Under-20 international has netted 29 goals in over 300 career appearances and will help County’s quest to gain promotion to the newly-named Vanarama National League.

O’Hanlon becomes the Hatters’ fourth signing of the summer already after the arrivals of ex-Bradford Park Avenue striker Lamin Colley, Barrow midfielder Karl Ledsham and Clitheroe right-back and captain Danny Morton.

The recruitment comes less than two weeks after the appointment of former Chester boss Neil Young as their new manager, replacing Alan Lord who became the club’s director of football.

Meanwhile, last season’s 14-goal top scorer Kristian Dennis has departed County to join Macclesfield Town on a season-long loan deal.

The 25-year-old striker – who has also had spells with Ashton United, Mossley and Curzon Ashton – began his career with the Silkmen before leaving in 2010 after a two-year stay at the Moss Rose.

Danny Glover, Scott Duxbury, Bobby Lofthouse, Chris Churchman and Mark Lees have also been placed on the transfer list.

But goalkeeper Danny Hurst and defender Danny Gregson have been retained ahead of County’s third successive campaign in the Conference North.

The Hatters, who were in League Two as recently as 2010, finished 11th in the 2014-15 campaign after their play-off push resulted in disappointment.

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