Bury have signed former Crystal Palace midfielder Tom Soares on non-contract terms after his release by Stoke in the summer.
The 26-year-old has been training with the Shakers for a month and will go straight into the squad to face Portsmouth at the weekend.
Soares made 163 appearances for the Selhurst Park outfit before moving to join Stoke in 2008. But after just 12 appearances in four years for Tony Pulis' side he was released.
The midfielder had loan spells at Charlton, Sheffield Wednesday and Hibernian as he searched for first-team football during his time at Stoke.
Friday also saw Bury loan in Wolves defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell until the start of 2013.