DEFENDER Dan Leadbitter has signed a two-year deal with Newport County AFC, making him the club’s fifth new arrival of the summer.

Leadbitter, predominantly a right-back but who can play across the defence, made more than 120 appearances for Bristol Rovers, where he achieved back-to-back promotions.

The 28-year-old Geordie, who began his career in the youth system at hometown club Newcastle United, was released by Rovers at the end of last season.

After learning his trade in the north east, Leadbitter signed professional terms with League Two side Torquay United in 2011.

He moved to Hereford United in 2013 and enjoyed one season at Edgar Street before joining Rovers.

Known as a resolute, solid defender, Leadbitter also possesses attacking attributes and likes to get forward.

After finalising his deal, the defender said: "I’m delighted to sign with Newport. I’m really looking forward to meeting up with the lads and starting pre-season.

"The manager was a big part in me signing my deal and it sounds like a great club to be a part of. I can’t wait to get started."

Manager Michael Flynn said: "Dan is a big signing for us. He is a big coup for us. Dan is very fit and quick, we have beaten off competition for him and I’m really looking forward to working with him this season."