Bishop`s Stortford have signed veteran defender Darren Purse.

The 40-year-old former England under-21 international was recently with Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division side Chesham United, who sacked manager Andy Leese earlier this week.

The vastly experienced centre-back re-joined Chesham in July 2016 from Hayes & Yeading United.

He had first joined the Generals midway through the 2013/14 season, having had a short spell at IFK Mariehamn in Finland.

He then moved onto Conference (National League) South football midway through the 2014/15 season with Welling United and Staines Town.

Purse is a well-known figure having made 556 league appearances from 1996 to 2013.

He is best known for his spells at Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff City, and commanded transfer fees of around £2.5m across his playing career.

Purse is also known for scoring a penalty for Birmingham against Liverpool in the 2001 Worthington Cup Final.

Other clubs include Oxford United, Sheffield Wednesday, Leyton Orient, Millwall, Plymouth Argyle and Port Vale.

He runs the academy at Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South outfit AFC Rushden & Diamonds.


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