Oldham Athletic have signed defender Carl Piergianni on loan from near neighbours Salford City until the end of the season.

The 27-year-old has made 17 appearances for the Ammies this season having been a key figure in their rise to the Football League.

He scored 11 goals from central defence as Salford were promoted via the National League play-offs last season, one of those coming in the 3-0 win over AFC Fylde in the final at Wembley.

"We are delighted to have Carl on board, he's the type of player and character that will help us immensely,” said Latics head coach Dino Maamria.

"A solid defender, team player who puts his body on the line and is also a leader.

“His characteristics will fit in well to the culture we are trying to implement at the club and I'm sure he will play a big part in helping us climb up the table."

Having come through the ranks at Peterborough, he played for Stockport County, Corby Town and then Boston United before moving to Australia to play for South Melbourne.

Piergianni returned to England with Salford in 2017 and was won both the Supporter’s Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year awards during his time with the club.

He is Oldham’s second addition of the transfer window after the signing of young midfielder Christian N’Guessan on loan from Burnley.