FC Edmonton signs defender Adam Eckersley

FC Edmonton's Tomi Ameobi is mobbed by his teammates after scoring against the Vancouver Whitecaps during the first half of a Canadian Championship semifinal soccer game in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday May 13, 2015. (Darryl Dyck/CP)

FC Edmonton announced on Thursday the signing of 30-year-old English defender Adam Eckersley.

Eckersley, a left fullback, was a product of Manchester United’s youth academy and has played for clubs in Denmark, Scotland, and England.

“When I first learnt that Adam was available I jumped at the chance,” FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller explained.

“When Hearts gained promotion to the [Scottish] Premier League, Adam featured in almost every game. First of all, he is a natural left back, an attack-minded player, very aggressive and has had a terrific career in Europe. I believe he will be a fantastic addition to our squad.”

The Englishman is the older brother of former Toronto FC defender Richard Eckersley, who was also in the Manchester United youth academy.

Edmonton now has 21 players on its roster for the 2016 North American Soccer League campaign, which for the Alberta club kicks off with a road game on April 2 against Rayo OKC. Edmonton's home opener is April 10 vs. Minnesota United.

FC Edmonton also announced Thursday that it has parted ways with midfielder Michael Nonni.