Motherwell have signed Ugandan international defender Bevis Mugabi on a short-term deal until January, subject to international clearance.
The 6ft 3in centre back, who can also fill in at full back, has agreed a deal until January after impressing on trial over the last week.
Mugabi, 24, is a product of Southampton’s youth academy, signing for the Saints at the age of 16 at the expense of an offer from Celtic.
He left for Yeovil Town in 2016, making 39 appearances in his rookie season at Huish Park, prompting then-boss Darren Way to give him a new two-year extension.
Mugabi left the club at the end of that deal back in June of this year, having played 102 games across three seasons, netting five times.
“I’m excited for a new challenge at Motherwell,” said the new signing. “I can’t wait to get started.
“I spoke to some of my old team-mates who had played in Scotland, including Alex Fisher.
“They told me it was a great opportunity, with Alex telling me how great a place Motherwell was.”
Although born in London, it was around the time of his move to Yeovil when he received his first call-up from Uganda, by the virtue of his parents, who were born in the capital Kampala.
However, he would have to wait two years before making his first appearance for the Cranes, deputising against São Tomé and Príncipe in Namboole.
He has gone on to earn a further six caps, including several appearances in this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt when he lined up against Mo Salah, Sadio Mané, Kalidou Koulibaly and Britt Assombalonga amongst others.
“We’ve an injury concern over one of our centre backs, so Bevis comes in to shore up the gap that might leave,” ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson said.
“He’s an experienced player with a lot of games under his belt in England.
“He’s big, strong and will give us another option at the back.”