Motherwell: Kieran Kennedy signs after Leicester exit

Kieran Kennedy in action for Leicester City Under-21s
Kennedy played for Leicester's under-21s

Motherwell have signed defender Kieran Kennedy, the 21-year-old having been released by Leicester City.

The England Under-19 cap, who has agreed a two-year contract, started his career with Manchester City but moved to the Foxes in summer 2014.

Kennedy said: "I think I have played enough football at development level and it's time to make that step up.

"If I am training well and working hard, hopefully I get a chance, but I know I'll need to be patient."

Kennedy, a central defender who can also play at right-back, joined Motherwell at their Dutch training base and played against both Borussia Monchengladbach and Heerenveen.

Louis Laing celebrates scoring for Motherwell
Kennedy knows Louis Laing from their time with England Under-19s

"I've been here for over a week after being with the team over in the Netherlands and I've been really impressed with the facilities and the club itself," Kennedy told Motherwell's website.

"I've had such a good time at both Manchester City and Leicester, both great clubs, but I've been lucky enough to get the move up to Scotland and I can't wait to get started."

Kennedy, who becomes manager Ian Baraclough's sixth summer signing, is friendly with Louis Laing, his fellow defender who has joined Motherwell permanently after a loan spell last season from Nottingham Forest.

"I know Louis Laing having played with him for England and, even in the short time I spent with Mick over in the Netherlands, it's clear what good players we have," he added.