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Dundee United confirm loan signing of former St Mirren star McGrath

The 25-year-old scored 17 goals in his last full season in Scotland before joining Wigan Athletic.

Dundee United confirm loan signing of former St Mirren player Jamie McGrath from Wigan SNS Group
McGrath: Dundee United's seventh summer signing.

Dundee United have signed Republic of Ireland international midfielder Jamie McGrath on a season-long loan deal.

The former St Mirren star joins from English Championship side Wigan Athletic following their promotion from League One.

McGrath scored 17 goals in his last full season in the Premiership and had scored another three last season before joining the Latics in January.

The 25-year-old, who has six caps for his national side, only made two league appearances for Wigan as the club won the third tier last season.

He becomes United’s seventh signing of the summer following the captures of Steven Fletcher, Dylan Levitt, Craig Sibbald, Mark Birighitti, Aziz Behich and Glenn Middleton.

Jack Ross admits he has been an admirer of McGrath for a few years and has tried to sign him on a couple of previous occasions.

He said: “Jamie was a player who had a huge impact on the Scottish Premiership with St Mirren.

“I’ve tried to sign him a couple of times already so my admiration for him as a player is obvious.

“We wanted to bring another attack-minded player to the middle of the pitch. We also wanted to bring that increased athleticism and technique so he ticks so many boxes.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to bring him here.

“We want to get him playing, scoring and setting up goals for Dundee United and back into the international set-up.

“It’s a good statement for us and this is the calibre of player we’ve been trying to recruit.

“He will play amongst other international class players who have the same ambitions as him.

“Dylan Levitt wants to stay in the Wales set-up and it’s a great incentive for the players to come here and use it as a springboard to play regular international football.”

McGrath will wear number 18 at Tannadice.