Robbie Neilson’s January makeover of his title-chasing Dundee United squad continued with the signing of Tannadice old boy Cammy Smith.
The St Mirren forward has agreed a two-year deal after being released by the Paisley club.
Neilson believes Smith, who was a crucial part of the Buddies’ promotion campaign last season, will give United “real attacking intent” in the next few months.
He is the second signing of the transfer window, after the arrival of Aidan Nesbitt. Craig Curran has departed.
Smith spent a loan period at United during the first half of season 2016/17, playing 23 games and scoring five goals – including a hat-trick against Partick Thistle in the Betfred Cup.
Smith believes being a permanent signing will make a difference this time around.
“It feels great to be here and once I knew United were interested my mind was made up,” said the ex-Aberdeen man.
“I know all about the club having played here on loan, but this time I feel like a United player.
“I am more experienced, more mature and I have grown both as a person and a player.
“The aim is obviously to get up into the Premiership, and I am ready to do what I can.”
Neilson said: “Cammy will bring us real attacking intent.
“He can create and score goals, and he has the experience of winning the Championship previously.
“He is a good person, an excellent player and he adds quality to our team. I am pleased to have him signed up.”