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31 January 2013

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Town seal McNulty deal

The Hatters are pleased to announce the signing of influential central defender Steve McNulty from Fleetwood Town on a free transfer.

The 29-year-old centre-back was an integral part of the Cod Army's rise from the Blue Square Bet North to the Football League, captaining the side to two promotions, including last season's title success.

McNulty arrives at Kenilworth Road on a conditional 18-month deal and goes straight into the Town squad to face his former club Barrow on Saturday.

A product of the Liverpool academy, Steve has also served Burscough and Vauxhall Motors anbefore signing for Fleetwood for £17,000 in June 2009 from Barrow.

In his first season at Highbury he skippered the Cod Army to promotion from the Blue Square Bet North Play-Offs before helping the Lancashire side romp to the Blue Square Bet Premier title last season.

In his first season at Football League level, the Liverpool-born defender made 19 appearances and scored twice as Fleetwood challenged for a Play-Off spot in League Two. In total McNulty made 155 appearances and scored seven goals in all competitions for the Cod Army.

Town boss Paul Buckle told "I think we’ve been crying out for a leader at centre half since I’ve been at the club.

“George Pilkington was a leader, he led by example and wasn’t necessarily the biggest talker, he’d be the first one to say that.

“We do seem to get bullied. I don’t want to see that anymore, I’m fed up with seeing that now, so McNulty will be a great acquisition.

"The first time I saw him he lifted the league trophy when we went to Fleetwood on the final day of the season last season. In the tunnel beforehand I said 'congratulaitons' and he didn't even flinch. For him it was like any other game."

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