Southport have welcomed defenders Chris Doyle and Keil O’Brien to the Vanarama National League club.

Twenty-one-year-old Doyle joins from Morecambe, while O’Brien, 24, joins from Bury.southport

Doyle recently spent time on loan at National League North side Chorley, making thirty-four appearances and scoring 7 goals.

The youngster had a spell in Morecambe’s first-team at the end of last season following a number of injuries – going on to make eight appearances and scoring one goal in the process.

O’Brien started his career at Manchester United’s youth academy before going on to make sixty appearances for Mossley AFC, and fifty-nine appearances for Chorley where he won the Northern Premier League title in 2014.

Doyle and O’Brien have been on trial with the club for a number of weeks.

O’Brien is eligible for selection for Saturday’s opener against Dagenham & Redbridge, while Doyle has picked up a slight injury that will keep him sidelined for three to four weeks.

Both players were registered yesterday, and while an agreement was reached some time ago, secretary Ken Hilton was forced to wait until their existing contract arrangements had ended to register the players


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