Morecambe have signed Henry McStay until the end of the season, following his release by Royal Antwerp.
McIlroy has received some rave reviews about Irishman McStay
The Belgians are managed by ex-Burnley player Warren Joyce and Shrimps boss Sammy McIlroy said: "He's been sending me rave notices about this boy."
The 22-year-old defender has played for Northern Ireland Under-17s and the Republic of Ireland Under-21 team.
The former Leeds man could face Barnet on Saturday after he received international clearance on Thursday.