League One side Burton Albion have announced that they have signed Republic of Ireland international Stephen Quinn, a free agent most recently with Reading.
Quinn has signed a short-term deal, due to run until January. The 32-year-old managed just a handful of appearances at the Madjeski but has now joined Nigel Clough’s side after training with them over the summer.
Quinn told the club’s official website: “I came down a few weeks ago and trained with the guys, and it’s gone really well. I’ve really enjoyed it. I finished at Reading at the end of last season and I just didn’t know where to go with it – I was frustrated at the lack of games I played at Reading due to injury. My body just needed the time off to heal. I had the time off over the summer to get the body right, and get that buzz and love for the game back again.”
Quinn revealed he initially wanted somewhere to keep fit, but that his efforts have earned him the deal.
“I’ve come down here and certainly got that. I contacted the club to see if I could get fit and train, and I’ve done well enough in training that the manager sees something in me still, and he’s offered me the deal.”
Quinn made over 200 appearances for Sheffield United in an eight-year stay, before signing for Hull City . He’s played 18 times for his country, his final cap coming in 2016.
At 32, Quinn should still have plenty to offer and Burton have been through an injury crisis, so this all works well.
Many players have trained with clubs over the summer but without the intention of signing for them, but Quinn has clearly been impressive to have been handed a short-term deal. he’ll need to be on form if he’s going to help Burton, they’re currently 20th in League One after a tough summer.