New deal for Kyle McClean

The club is delighted to announce that 20-year-old midfielder Kyle McClean has signed a new one-year-deal at McDiarmid Park.

Kyle spent the second half of the season on-loan at Linfield where he was part of a side that won the Danske Bank Premiership and NIPL Cup.

The youngster has also been capped twice at Northern Ireland U21 level.

Speaking to the club's official website after signing his new contract, Kyle said he hopes that the experience gained from his spell at Windsor Park will help him to push for a place in the manager's first-team plans next season.

"I'm delighted to get it done," he said, "and I'm looking forward to getting back here next season.

"I really enjoyed my spell at Linfield in the second half of the campaign and I've gained so much from the experience.

"It was absolutely brilliant and hopefully it will help me come back here to push for a place in the team.

"I can't speak highly enough of everyone at Linfield. The manager David Healy, his staff and my teammates. Winning the league and the cup were big highlights but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. The icing on the cake was being capped twice by Northern Ireland U21s and winning both games too."

Coming back from his loan spell with two pieces of silverware is something Kyle will never forget but he believed when he first arrived at Linfield that he'd have a chance of tasting domestic success.

"I knew when I went that they were top of the league and still in all the cup competitions," said the young midfielder.

"So I knew it was a great opportunity to be involved in a title race and to try and win something. In the end we won the league quite comfortably and winning the cup as well was a great feeling.

"It was a really enjoyable time for me and I believe I've learned so much that will stand me in good stead for the future."

Kyle is now enjoying a well-deserved break but will return for pre-season hungry and could be in line to face Linfield during the club's summer trip to Northern Ireland.

"I'm going to enjoy a little break now but I know I have to come in and hit the ground running in the summer," Kyle said, "I want to stake a claim to be in the manager's first-team plans.

"Obviously we're going over to play Linfield during pre-season and hopefully I can be involved in that game.

"It will be a good game although a little bit strange to be playing against my former teammates! It will be good to go back to Windsor Park though and hopefully if I can hit the ground running and do well I can force my way into the team."