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Former Rangers man Dean Shiels moves back to Scottish Championship

Northern Ireland international Dean Shiels has sealed a move to Dunfermline, returning from across the Atlantic.

The midfielder signed for FC Edmonton in the North American Soccer League back in February but his short stint ended when he was released last week.

And Shiels has wasted no time in securing a one-year deal at Athletic, who finished fifth in the Championship last season.

The Magherafelt man first broke into senior football with Hibernian in 2008 and also spent time with Doncaster Rovers and Kilmarnock, where he was nominated for Scotland's Player of the Year award, before helping Rangers to three promotions in four seasons.

Shiels started nine league games for Edmonton, scoring one goal for the side that is captained by former Linfield defender Albert Watson.

Edmonton boss Colin Miller explained that the club didn't want the midfielder to leave.

“When Dean arrived we knew he had genuine quality about him, however his family situation in Scotland wasn’t great,” he told the club websote. “That was the sole reason he’s leaving us. He enjoyed the club, the staff and the players, but his family situation needed to be resolved and he had to leave very quickly. It’s unfortunate and we wish Dean and his family the best of luck in the future.”

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