Rovers have added experience to their defensive ranks with the addition of Kyle McFadzean from Coventry on a short-term deal until the end of the campaign.

The 36-year-old becomes the club’s fourth signing of the January window ahead of the deadline on Thursday night.

McFadzean has racked up more than 600 senior appearances since coming through the ranks at hometown club Sheffield United.

He plied his trade in the non-league pyramid with Alfreton before helping Crawley win back-to-back promotions to League One.

The centre-back headed to MK Dons in 2014 and enjoyed another promotion before signing for Burton in 2016.

He headed to Coventry in the summer of 2019 and was regularly involved last season, starting the play-off final against Luton at Wembley as the Sky Blues narrowly missed out on a place in the top flight.

However, McFadzean found himself out of favour since Mark Robins opted to switch to a back four and was looking for more regular game time, having made 15 appearances since the start of the campaign.

Jon Dahl Tomasson had been keen to add experience to the dressing room following the departures of Daniel Ayala and Thomas Kaminski among others in the summer, and McFadzean becomes the oldest signing of the Gregg Broughton era.

He also strengthens Rovers’ options following James Hill’s return to Bournemouth and while Hayden Carter is out of action with an injury. Connor O'Riordan also arrived from Crewe earlier in the window.

McFadzean is eligible for this weekend’s Championship fixture against Queens Park Rangers at Ewood Park and can feature against Newcastle in the FA Cup. He will also be available to face his former club later in the season.

Coventry boss Robins told the club’s website: “I would like to thank Kyle for his time at Coventry City.

“He has made a significant contribution to the success that we have enjoyed over recent years, and he will be fondly remembered for years to come by everyone at the club and our supporters for that, and the attitude he has shown both on and off the pitch.

“We all wish him the best of luck for the future.”

The Lancashire Telegraph understands Rovers are also moving closer in their efforts to sign Orlando City striker Duncan McGuire.

An agreement is in place to bring the 22-year-old to East Lancashire but there is still work to do. It is believed to be less than the initial $4million fee reported in the United States.