Updated Jan 7th 2020, 2:56 PM
SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP CLUB St Mirren have today announced two signings from the League of Ireland, with out-of-contract Dundalk attacker Jamie McGrath joining Cork defender Conor McCarthy at the club.
The Buddies, who are managed by Waterford native – and once-capped former Ireland international – Jim Goodwin, currently sit in 10th place in the Scottish top flight.
McGrath, the 2018 PFAI Young Player of the Year, joins following the expiration of his contract with Dundalk. He has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the club, subject to international clearance.
“Things started happening over the last few weeks and once I got chatting to the manager and Gus [MacPherson, the club’s Technical Director] I couldn’t wait to get it done”, McGrath told the club’s website.
“The manager really sold the club and Sean McLoughlin who was here had nothing but good things to say.
“Jim seemed really driven and matches my ambitions as well so I can’t wait to get started.
“The facilities here seem great and I’m looking forward to experiencing a match day at the stadium.
“I’m a hard-working player and like to give my all and after that it’s up to the fans to decide. Hopefully I can show the fans what I can do and be a creative presence on the pitch.”
McGrath enjoyed a trophy-laden stint with Dundalk, winning two league titles and an FAI Cup since joining from Saint Pat’s in 2017.
File photo of Jamie McGrath in action for Dundalk.
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The aforementioned McLoughlin, once of Cork City, spent the first half of this season on loan at Paisley and has now returned to Hull City. He has been replaced by his former Cork team-mate Conor McCarthy on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
“Conor ticks all the boxes,” Goodwin said. “With Sean McLoughlin going back to Hull it was a position that we had to bring in at least one.