League One club Bristol Rovers have secured the signing of Plymouth Argyle centre back Peter Hartley, the club have confirmed.
Hartley had made 80 appearances for League Two side Argyle and had been offered a new contract to remain with the Devon club but rejected their extension offer in favour of joining the Pirates in the division above.
The move ends a two year stint Hartley enjoyed at Home Park after joining the Pilgrims back in the summer of 2014. He had built a reputation for being a solid defender during his time with the club and played a pivotal role in helping them reach the League Two Play-Off Final this season.
As a former Sunderland trainee, Hartley spent time on loan at Chesterfield before making a move to League Two side Hartlepool in 2009. He spent four years with the Monkey Hangers until his transfer to Stevenage in 2013. His stay with the Boro only lasted one season before he moved on to Plymouth.
Hartley is manager Darrell Clarke’s first signing of the summer transfer window and has been tipped to be the natural replacement for Leyton Orient-bound Tom Parkes at the Memorial Stadium as Bristol Rovers look to start life in League One positively.
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