St Mirren have announced the signing of midfielder Caolan Boyd-Munce on a short-term deal until the end of the season.
Boyd-Munce was available as a free agent, having left Middlesbrough in January before the transfer window closed.
The 23-year-old has been handed a chance to impress in Paisley, with St Mirren holding an option to extend the contract if manager Stephen Robinson wants to make the player a permanent member of the squad.
Boyd-Munce began his career at Glentoran before moving to Birmingham City at the age of 16. After six years in the Midlands, including a spell at Redditch United before signing for Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee in January 2022.
The Northern Irishman knows Robinson and was persuaded to make Paisley his next destination after considering other options.
“I had quite a few offers but none of them felt 100%,” he said. “As soon as I had my first day in here I called my mum and dad and told them I thought this was the one.
“I came in to train for a few days and when I got here I was put at ease because it was a cracking dressing room. The boys made me feel so welcome and the levels and intensity at training were brilliant.
“The manager knows how to get the best out of players and I’m really looking forward to working with him. He didn’t really need to make much of a sell. Because I know him and he knows me he just told me how it is and what he needs from me and that was it.”
Robinson was delighted to add to his squad at a crucial point in the season and says he’s brought in a player with the potential to fill the hole left by Ethan Erhahon.
“It’s a short-term contract for Caolan to prove himself,” the St Mirren manager told the club website.
“Caolan is a young international that I worked with previously as a young boy. He’s technically very good. He’s playing catch up fitness wise, but he has a great attitude and is someone that we feel if we can develop there may be something longer term for him.
“We’re trying to fill the gap that we’ve had since Ethan [Erhahon] left. He’s a similar type player to Ethan who I think we have missed.
“He can certainly be in the squad going forward and play 10/15 minutes in matches. But with the intensity we play at it might take him a bit of time to get up to speed.
“This deal is more a view to what we can do next season. We are trying to be proactive and have a look at positions we want but also being able to utilise him if needed this season.”