Tommy Wright’s patience and perseverance has paid off, with Stevie May’s return “home” to St Johnstone finally getting completed.
The Perth boss admitted that bringing back his Scottish Cup hero from Aberdeen was his number one summer transfer priority.
“We didn’t give up on Stevie and we knew he hadn’t given up hope on the deal being resurrected,” said Wright.
“It’s taken a long time and I’ve aged a fair bit. You could say it was a birthday present for me. But it is a great present for the football club.
“The chairman worked hard to get it back on track and over the line.
“But Stevie was my number one target over the summer when we heard he might be available. That was no secret.
“His return will give the dressing room a real buzz and the fans a lift.”
May, who agreed a two-year deal with an option for a third, said: “It brilliant to get everything over the line at last. It’s the right decision for me at this stage of my career.
“There was obviously some doubt about it but I always wanted to come back here and play for the manager.
“I’m just looking to getting back playing football on a ground I know well. It’s good to be back.”