Saints sign 'keeper Conor on-loan

The club has today finalised the signing of Northern Ireland U21 international 'keeper Conor Mitchell, on a season-long-loan from English Premier League side Burnley.

Conor trained with the squad towards the end of last week with a view to securing a loan-deal and Saints boss Tommy Wright moved swiftly to capture the 22-year-old to add to his goalkeeping options.

Conor joins Zander Clark and Mark Hurst as first-team goalkeepers for the season ahead.

Speaking to the club's official website, the new recruit was excited about the opportunity to showcase his talents north of the border.

"I'm absolutely delighted to be joining the club," Conor said, "as soon as I heard about St. Johnstone's interest in me I jumped at the chance to come here.

"My aim for this season was always to get myself out on loan and breakaway from the Academy system. Scotland is a great place for me because it provides a good platform if I do well and it's great exposure.

"As a big football fan and a Northern Irish lad, I've followed the career of the manager and the fact he was a goalkeeper as well can only be a good thing for me."

Having had the chance to train with his new teammates before officially signing, Conor has been impressed by the quality at the football club.

"Training was of a very high standard," he commented, "but I knew what to expect already because I had spoken with Kyle McClean before I came up here.

"It's a really tight knit bunch and the lads have been brilliant with me since I arrived.

"I think it's always good to have healthy competition and hopefully I can push Zander and Hursty and they can push me too.

"I'm looking forward to getting going and showing what I can do and I'm really excited about the season ahead at St. Johnstone."