Defender Cranie quits the Ricoh

By Steve Carpenter 03/07 Updated: 04/07 10:47

REPUBLIC of Ireland striker Stephen Elliott has signed for Coventry on a one-year deal.

The former Manchester City, Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers striker arrives from Scottish Premier League side Hearts as club confirmed the departure of out of contract defender Martin Craine, who earlier in the year was linked with a return to his old club Southampton

Elliott's fellow Irishman Kevin Kilbane, 35, has also been training with the Sky Blues first team squad after being released by Hull.

Manager Andy Thorn described Elliott - who scored just three goals in 31 games in the SPL last season - as a strong addition to his squad.

He began his career with Manchester City before moving on to Sunderland in 2004. He then had spells with Wolves, Preston North End, Norwich City before moving north of the border to Hearts.

Dublin-born Elliott represented his country from under-17 up to full international level, winning nine caps for his country although it has been nearly four years since his last.

"We are really pleased to be able to get Stephen," Thorn said.

"We’ve got some really talented young players here but we want to supplement that with experience too and Stephen brings that.

"He works extremely hard for the team and can bring other players into play and we are delighted he wants to be part of what we believe can be a winning team here next season.

"I know there were clubs from the Championship very interested in Stephen but our hard work has paid off in bringing him here."

Former England U21 Craine made 40 appearances in Sky Blue last season and had been offered a new deal, but he told club bosses he did not want to drop down to League One.

Development director Steve Waggott said: "We are sorry to see him go. We did everything we could to try to keep him here but the lure of playing at a higher level was too great."

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