St Mirren have announced the signing of promising Irish defender Conor McCarthy from Cork City.
The centre-back has completed his move from the League of Ireland side, signing a contract in Paisley that runs until the summer of 2022.
St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin said the club had been tracking McCarthy for some time and were delighted to be adding him to the squad.
“Conor ticks all the boxes,” he said.
“With Sean McLoughlin going back to Hull it was a position that we had to bring in at least one.
“Conor is one that we looked at in the summer but couldn’t do anything about it then. But with the Irish League finishing in November we were able to put things in motion and thankfully we have been able to agree a deal with Cork City and with Conor.
“I have seen him in the flesh, Gus has seen him in the flesh and we have watched a lot of footage on him. The references that we got from people that I know over there were fantastic as well.”
The club also announced the signing of attacker Jamie McGrath from Dundalk, also on a two-and-a-half year deal.
Goodwin said: “Jamie’s a really exciting one.
“He can play a number of positions across the front area. He can play that number 10, he can play right or left, he’s technically very good and very comfortable on the ball.
“He’s been a big player for Dundalk over the last few seasons and he’s been a key member to their success of recent seasons.”