Brian Easton leaves club

After six years of service at the club we can today confirm that 31-year-old defender Brian Easton has left Saints to make a return to his first senior club Hamilton Academical.

Brian joined Saints from Dundee back in July 2013 and was an integral part of the first-team squad up until injury intervened some 18-months-ago.

During his time at the club, the left-back had many great moments including playing on that memorable day at Celtic Park on 17th May 2014 when St. Johnstone lifted the Scottish Cup for the first time.

He also played a big part in some of the club's most historic matches both domestically and in Europe.

Speaking to the club's official website about his time at the club, Easty said that while the past 18 months have been difficult he leaves Saints with the best memories of his career.

"Obviously over the past year-and-a-half it's been really difficult," Brian said, "but it's really helped that I've been here during that time.

"The support I've had off the lads, the staff and everybody connected to Saints has been amazing.

"It's been an unbelievable time for me ever since I joined and there have been so many highlights. Obviously the Scottish Cup win was the standout but there are many more too.

"We've obviously had some unbelievable European ties and have done so well domestically over the years that I've been here. One of the best things though has been the dressing rooms that I've been a part of - the boys have been amazing.

"I think that's a big reason as to why so many players have stayed at the club for such and I'll always look back on my time here with fond memories."

The departing defender also paid tribute to his Manager - Tommy Wright - and to the club's fans.

He said: "The Manager has been massive for me. He gave me a chance when he signed me and not only is he a great manager but he's a great guy as well. I'll always have a good relationship with him.

"Ever since the very first moment I arrived here the fans have been amazing. It's brilliant playing for them and although it might not be the biggest support in the country they are passionate and love the club.

"Hopefully they'll have some good memories of me here and I am definitely a Saints fan now too!

"It's a new challenge for me now and I'm going back to another club that means a lot to me. I'm proud of everything I've achieved at Saints. It's been a great place to play football over the past six years and I wish everybody at the club well for the future."

Easty played in 166 matches for Saints and scored one goal – a fantastic strike from distance at Pittodrie in the 5-1 demolition of Aberdeen in October 2015.

He played his final match for the club on the final day of the 2018/19 Ladbrokes Premiership season against Hamilton who he will now be joining for next season.

Everybody at the club would like to thank Brian for his efforts over the past six years and wish him all the very best for the future.