Ex-Leicester defender Sean St Ledger joins Orlando City SC

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The Republic of Ireland international should slot into the starting line-up for the Kaka-led MLS expansion side.

Orlando City SC have confirmed the signing of former Leicester City defender Sean St Ledger, with the Republic of Ireland international now set to line up alongside club captain and Brazilian superstar Kaka for the 2015 MLS season.

St Ledger, 30, had failed an initial MLS audition last month when he left Eastern Conference champions D.C. United following an unsuccessful trial stint, but Orlando’s thin backline has given him another chance revive his career in the States.

The expansion side have been looking for a centre-back partner for former MLS Cup MVP Aurelien Collin since seeing a move for Brazilian Paulo Andre collapse earlier in the preseason, after the veteran defender received a better offer to return to his homeland with Cruzeiro.

Seb Hines has also arrived on a six-month loan from Middlesbrough ahead of the new campaign, but head coach Adrian Heath believes the versatile St Ledger, who had been on trial for the best two weeks, could fill a number of roles at the back.

"We're delighted to have Sean on our roster, as he brings a lot of experience at the Club and international level," he told the club’s official website. "He's a very versatile defender who is comfortable playing in several positions along the backline, which is a big bonus for the squad."

St Ledger has seen injuries hamper his career in recent seasons, with a reoccurring groin problem limiting him to just two appearances for Leicester last term.

Released in the summer following the club’s promotion to the Premier League, the 37-times capped stopper struggled to find a new club until joining Ipswich Town on a short-deal in November, but failed to make an appearance during his one month at Portman Road.

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