Winger Kennedy joins on two-year-deal

The club is delighted to announce the signing of 23-year-old Scottish winger Matty Kennedy on a two-year-deal.

The former Kilmarnock, Everton and Cardiff City man finalised his move to Saints this morning but is not eligible for today's Betfred Cup clash with Montrose. Subject to international clearance, Matty could be involved in Tuesday night's fixture with Falkirk at McDiarmid Park.

Having started his career with Kilmarnock - where he made 14 top flight appearances - he joined English Premier League side Everton, spending the majority of his time out on-loan at Tranmere Rovers and MK Dons, as well as a spell in the Scottish Championship with Hibs.

A permanent move to Cardiff City followed, where he made 18 appearances for the club in the second tier of English football. During his time with Cardiff he also had loan spells at Port Vale, Plymouth Argyle and Portsmouth.

Matty has represented Scotland at every youth level but is yet to receive a senior cap for his country.

Saints boss Tommy Wright was keen to add a wide player to the squad and is delighted with his new recruit.

"This is a really exciting signing for the football club," Tommy commented, "and I'd like to thank the chairman for pushing this one through so quickly because there was a lot of interest being shown in Matty from other clubs.

"I think it's a real coup for us. I'm delighted to have him here and I think along with Drey Wright on the other flank we have a real potent threat in the wide areas for the season ahead.

"Matty has had a good career down in England and has impressed during his loan spells too. He was doing really well for Portsmouth last season and everything I've seen and heard from him down south has been extremely positive.

"He's quick, comfortable with both feet, and he's still only 23-years-old so his best years are ahead of him.

"He was really keen to come here and play and I'm sure it's a signing that will excite the fans because he's a real talent and plays football in an exciting manner."