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Shrewsbury Town sign Adam El-Abd

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Shrewsbury Town have completed the signing of defender Adam El-Abd on a two-year contract.

The 31-year-old, who has been released by Bristol City, becomes boss Micky Mellon's ninth capture of the summer.

El-Abd fits Mellon's profile of being League One game ready, having been Brighton's player of the year as the Seagulls won the division in 2010-11.

In all the Brighton-born stopper, who can also play right back or defensive midfield, made 340 appearances for his hometown club from 2003-14, including exactly 300 in the league.

El-Abd will help plug the gap left by Nathaniel Knight-Percival, who has joined Bradford City.

His signing ends an extensive chase by Mellon, who admitted he admired the player when he was first linked with him last winter.

The Town manager told the club's website: "On top of what people will see on the pitch, I know what he's like off the pitch and he's a great character to have in your dressing room.

"He fits the profile of the other players I've brought in, where they drive the standards of those around them because he gets upset if he doesn't win and it then spoils his weekend.

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"He's not come all the way up here other than to win games of football and to keep his career moving forward and be successful."

After leaving the Seagulls in January 2014 for an undisclosed fee, El-Abd made 16 appearances for the Robins.

But he found himself out of favour and was loaned out to Bury, Swindon and Gillingham.

He made 24 league appearances for the Shakers as they won promotion with Salop to League One in 2014-15.

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He was a team-mate of new Town right-back signing Joe Riley at Bury, before playing 13 games for Swindon and eight times for the Gills.

The son of an Egyptian father and a British mother, he has won seven caps for Egypt.

El-Abd told the club's website: "When you're deciding your future, you have to consider a lot of things.

"But I'm really happy to be here now and I'm glad to have the opportunity to play for Shrewsbury.

"I'm aware of the gaffer and the teams he puts together, as I've played against them a few times and they impress me with the way he wants to play.

"When you come and look around and see the project being put together it's very promising and, hopefully, we can have a good time together.

"The stadium looks lovely, the pitch is great and the training ground is on its way.

"It bodes well and I'm looking forward to having a successful time at Shrewsbury."

Mellon hasn't finished his summer makeover, though, with a striker in the pipeline.

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