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Paul Coutts, Salford CitySalford City is pleased to announce the loan signing of Paul Coutts from Fleetwood Town!

The experienced midfielder joins us until the end of the season for a first taste of League Two football.

After playing for Aberdeen as a youngster, Paul made his name in the Highland Football League with Cove Rangers and secured a move to League One Peterborough United in 2008, winning promotion to the Championship in his first season.

In February 2010 Darren Ferguson took Paul to Preston North End, where he became captain during a spell that lasted until July 2012 when he moved to Derby County. Following an impressive first season, a knee injury limited playing time and in January 2015 he moved to Sheffield United, then in League One.

Over the next five seasons the midfielder was a regular as The Blades won promotions from League One and The Championship, despite a leg break in 2017, but he was released in 2019 and joined Fleetwood.

The 32-year-old is well versed in the Football League, and in this latest stage of his career he is hoping to add another promotion to his CV.

“[I’m] really excited, it’s a club on the up, doing well so excited to join and hopefully add to the group.

“We had a change in Manager at Fleetwood, things were a bit up in the air and I got the opportunity to come here so I jumped at the chance.

“I’ve been around for a bit, I’ve not actually played in League Two yet so that will be a new experience for me, but it’s something I’m looking forward to and hopefully I can add to the group and help them achieve what they want this season.

“I just like to get on the ball and try to play. I spoke to the manager and it’s the style of football he likes to play so that was one of the attractions about coming.

“The club’s ambitious and want to get promoted so it’s ticked all the boxes and just dying to be a part of it.”

After bringing in a third new arrival in January, manager Richie Wellens added:

“He’s a totally different player to all of our other midfielders, he’s an out and out holding midfielder who can dictate the game, his range of passing is very good, and his experience makes him exactly the type of man we wanted.

“We’ve got players in the middle in Oscar Threlkeld, Jason Lowe, Richie Towell, with really good energy, and we feel Paul can come in and give us real composure in our play, dictate the tempo of games and give us more possession.

“He’s been at a higher level with Fleetwood, Sheffield, and we’re hoping his experience will really push us on.”

The move is subject to approval.

Welcome to The Peninsula Stadium Paul, and we hope you have a successful stay with us!