Saints secure Vihmann signing

The Club is delighted to announce the signing of 23-year-old Estonian international defender Madis Vihmann on-loan from Flora Tallin.

The deal is initially for one year with the option to extend it for a further season or make the move permanent.

Madis has cut short a loan spell with Norwegian outfit Stabæk to join Saints and subject the clearance he could feature in Tommy Wright's squad for tomorrow's trip to Forfar Athletic.

Speaking to the club's official website today, the 6ft 5" centre back said he can't wait to get started.

"I'm really excited and it's great to be here," said Madis.

"This is a new country for me and I'm really looking forward to playing here. I've spoken to some friends of mine who have played in Scotland and I've heard only positive things about the game here.

"I'm fit and raring to go. I can't wait to start training and playing for the club. I'm looking forward to meeting the fans and putting in some good performances for them.

"I think my style is a good fit for Scottish football. My international experience has given me confidence that I can play at this level and I had really good discussions with the Manager and can't wait to show what I can do."

After losing Joe Shaughnessy in the summer, the Manager was keen to bring in another central defender and was delighted to get Madis on board.

"He's a player I've known about for a while and I'm really pleased to get him in," Tommy said.

"Madis is a commanding centre back who can play on the left side or the right and in a two or a three.

"He's a current Estonian international and he's been playing in Norway so match fitness isn't going to be a problem. If we can get all the paperwork in place he should be ready to go straight into the team tomorrow.

"I'm looking forward to seeing him play and I'm sure he's going to have a really good career here at St. Johnstone."

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