Northern Ireland under-21 international Ben Hall has re-joined Notts County on a season-long loan deal from Brighton & Hove Albion.
The towering central defender had a six-month spell on-loan at the League Two outfit towards the end of last term making 11 appearances for the Magpies.
Despite having offers from clubs playing at a higher level the Enniskillen man decided to return to Meadow Lane for the duration of the 2018/19 season.
“I can’t wait to come back,” stated Hall, who last month signed a one-year extension to his deal at Albion. “My time at Notts so far has been an amazing experience and Meadow Lane is definitely the best place for me right now.
“I feel like I improved so much during my loan last season and I’m really pleased the gaffer (Kevin Nolan) and his staff wanted me to come back.
“Now all my focus is on preparing for pre-season and doing everything I can to become a first-team regular, which I know won’t be easy given the quality we have in the squad.”
Meanwhile County boss Kevin Nolan was also delighted to have secured the services of the 21-year-old for the forthcoming campaign.
“Ben was magnificent for us when called upon last season,” Nolan told the official club site. “He played a very important part and we’re thrilled to have him back with us.
“He, along with Pierce Bird, will push Richard Duffy and Shaun Brisley all the way and will really benefit from having a full pre-season with us.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Brighton for once again trusting us with his development and we really look forward to helping him improve further.”