ROVERS have announced the signing of Paul Caddis on a two-year deal.

Caddis has spent the last three weeks training with the club and has now agreed a permanent contract at Ewood Park.

The 29-year-old scored twice in Tuesday’s 8-0 win at York City, his third friendly as a trialist, having also travelled with the squad for their pre-season tour of Austria.

The full-back, who will provide competition for Ryan Nyambe, is a player well known to head coach Tony Mowbray having worked together during their time at Celtic.

Caddis is vastly experienced, playing almost 250 times in the Championship for Birmingham City before his release last summer, and has also had an extended spell with Swindon Town.

He spent time on trial at Rovers in January, before eventually agreeing a short-term deal with League One side Bury which expired in the summer.

But he was back at Brockhall when the players returned from their close season break on June 28, with Mowbray keen to assess his fitness before making an offer of a permanent deal.

Speaking of Caddis after the win at York City, Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph: “I have always known that Caddy is a good player since I had him as a kid at Celtic. I had no fears, I have seen him play for Birmingham City for a good number of years, I just needed to see his fitness levels were right.

“He had let them slip a little bit, he’s done a lot of work behind the scenes, running and extra work, and part of our club that comes in at 8am every morning to do some fat burning work on top of the football stuff that the rest of the group are doing.

“Caddy has worked extremely hard.”

Caddis becomes the sixth summer signing, following Peter Whittingham, Richie Smallwood, Bradley Dack, Ben Gladwin and Dominic Samuel to Ewood Park.