Ipswich Town have completed the signing of defender Ibrahima Sonko on a one-year deal.
Sonko, 30, was released by Stoke in the summer, after spending last season on loan at Portsmouth.
The Senegal international had been training with Reading over pre-season but secured a move to Town after impressing in a reserves game.
"He's an old fashioned defender, he heads it and he kicks it, " boss Paul Jewell told BBC Radio Suffolk.
"Without being disrespectful to what we've got at the minute he's what we need."
Since suffering a 5-2 defeat by Southampton and a 7-1 loss at Peterborough, Jewell has moved to bring in three new players, with striker Daryl Murphy arriving on loan from Celtic and Jimmy Bullard agreeing a two-year deal.
And the Ipswich boss is hoping the arrival of 32-year-old midfielder Bullard can lighten the mood at Portman Road.
"He will lift the dressing room, I've got my ear plugs ready," he said.
"It's just what we needed when the fans and myself are feeling really low, but you brush yourself down and go again."
Bullard, who scored five times in 16 league games for Ipswich last season, had his contract terminated by parent club Hull last week.
The former Wigan midfielder says he cannot talk about his departure from the Tigers for legal reasons, but said few Premier League clubs were interested in taking him on.
"I did want to play in the Premier League, I've always said that, I want to play as high as I possibly can," he said.
"I talked a little bit to QPR but it never got going really.
"But I see Ipswich as a Premier League club with the players they've brought in, the staff and the owners."