The defender, who has played more than 250 games in the Scottish footballhe has become Tony Docherty’s first signing at Dens Park.

The Irishman’s contract at St Mirren will expire next week and he will join his new teammates in pre-season.

Docherty previously worked with the 30-year-old at Aberdeen when he served as No. 2 under Derek McInnes.

The player said: “I am very excited to start at Dundee and work with the manager again. I’ve had positive talks with him in recent days and I can’t wait to go in for the first day of preseason and get started.”

Tony Docherty said: “I worked with Joe as a young player at Aberdeen and he’s the kind of person I want at this football club. I know what I’m getting into with Joe. He has a great work ethic and attitude.

“He has a wealth of experience in the league having captained both St Mirren and St Johnstone. There was a lot of competition from other clubs to get him so I’m delighted that he chose to sign for us.”

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