Fulham have signed the experienced midfielder Billy McKinlay on a free transfer, with a view to strengthening the club’s reserve squad.

The former Scotland international left Leicester City at the end of last summer and has teamed up with his former Blackburn teammate Chris Coleman at Craven Cottage. McKinlay, 35, is likely to become a member of the reserve team squad, although Coleman admitted he could bolster the senior set-up before moving on to coaching.

Coleman told Fulham’s official website:

“Billy’s come to do a specific job for us. We let a lot of our young lads go out on loan last season, as a result our reserve team suffered and a lot of the younger boys’ heads dropped.

“He’s under no illusions. He knows that his appearances for the first team will be few and far between. But we’re looking at him to be with the reserves and help bring the young lads through. He’s played at the top level and has a great way about him.

“Of course, if we need to call upon him, we know he won’t let us down. After this season he will be working on the coaching side so it’s a good signing for us.”