Bristol City have snapped up Gary Sawyer on loan for the rest of the season from Championship rivals Plymouth Argyle.
Sawyer has made 29 appearances in the league for Plymouth this season, but is out of contract at Home Park in the summer.
He has accepted a temporary move to the Robins, with caretaker manager Keith Millen having targeted defensive signings before the close of the loan window.
"We were told about Gary in January after he had turned a contract offer down at Plymouth," Millen told the club's official website about the deal for the left-back.
Fit and ready
"We've watched his progress ever since and it's come about by coincidence really. His agent watched us play on Tuesday (against Barnsley) and noticed we were short defensively. He contacted us, we spoke to Plymouth and everything's fallen into place since.
"He's fit and ready to go. The biggest thing is he sees this move as a chance to further his career with us.
"I don't want him thinking there's no future with us. If he impresses the chairman and the fans then whatever happens with the managerial situation, I expect he'll have a chance to stay on with us.
"There's been a lot of hard work put in (to this deal) and I think the timing of this has worked out perfectly. He'll be a good addition to the squad."