Rochdale boss Steve Eyre has signed former Preston North End defender Neal Trotman on a free transfer.
The 24-year-old centre-back has put pen to paper on a two-year deal following the expiry of his contract at Deepdale.
Trotman said: "I just want to improve and I believe I'm at the right club to do that. There was interest from a couple of clubs and one of the things that swung it for me was the management team here.
"I've heard some very good things about them, their coaching methods and the way they want to play."
Trotman was released by Burnley as an 18-year-old and joined Oldham before earning a £500,000 move to Preston in January 2008.
Long-term injury halted his progression at Deepdale and he spent the remainder of his contract on loan at Colchester, Southampton, Huddersfield and then back at Oldham.