Notts County manager Neal Ardley is looking for experienced defender Mark Ellis’ know-how to rub off on his Magpies team.

The 32-year-old has joined on loan for the rest of the season.

Ardley told Notts’ website: “In the centre-back position, I think adding someone of Mark’s experience was vital. With the run-in we’ve got, we needed to know what we were going to get, and that’s why Mark was our first choice over several of the younger boys we looked at.

“There has been interest in Mark from other clubs in our league but if he was ever going to drop into the National League it would be to play for a team challenging for promotion. Credit to him, he’s got the ambition not to just go out and play some games, but to be part of something.

“He’s a warrior – in the mold of Connell Rawlinson, for sure – and we feel once Ben Turner returns that we’ve got four strong centre-halves.”

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