Dundee United have made two signings ahead of the new season, adding Manchester United’s Dylan Levitt and former Scotland international Steven Fletcher to the squad.
The club has secured both players on two-year contracts as manager Jack Ross prepares for European qualifiers and the start of the Premiership campaign.
Levitt enjoyed a successful season on loan from Manchester United last season, taking up a key role in Tam Courts’ side and scoring eye-catching goals from midfield as United finished fourth in the league.
The 21-year-old Welsh international now hopes to used regular first team football as a springboard to making his country’s squad for the World Cup.
“There’s been talks for quite a while now and I am delighted to get it over the line,” Levitt told DUTV.
“There were talks towards the end of last season about coming back but nothing really clear, and as the summer went on it got a bit more serious.
“I am delighted, especially getting into Europe as well. That was a massive bonus coming back.
“I just want to play games. I am at the age where I need to play games, especially leading up the World Cup. And whilst playing games you get a lot more confident and I want to showcase what I can do.
“I think there is more to this team as well and obviously the fans are a massive part. The staff and players are easy to get along with.”
Tannadice sporting director Tony Asghar added: “To secure Dylan on a permanent contract is a substantial coup for Dundee United and our fans will quite rightly be excited by (the) news.
“It has been a long process but throughout it Dylan, his representatives and Manchester United have all been extremely professional.
“Patience was always going to be required and I was always confident of Dylan becoming a Dundee United player.
“When he came here on loan last season he fitted right in straight away and embraced the culture of this club. Now we want to see him take his game to the next level and this is a great place for him to do so.”
Levitt’s arrival came quickly after the club had announced that Fletcher had agreed to join United.
The 35-year-old was a free agent after leaving Stoke City and took the decision to return to Scotland as the latest step in a career that has also seen him for Hibs, Burnley, Wolves, Sunderland, Marseille and Sheffield Wednesday.
Fletcher also earned 33 Scotland caps, scoring ten times for his country, and Ross believes his squad will benefit greatly from adding a striker with a wealth of knowledge.
He said: “To bring a player of his experience will be a big asset both on and off the pitch. The level of quality he has shown thoughout his career makes him a really exciting addition, and we are really looking forward to getting down to work.”
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