St Johnstone have signed young English midfielder Wade Joyce.
The 19-year-old was available on a free transfer after leaving Barnsley earlier this month and had been in talks with clubs in League One and Two down south, it has been reported.
However, Saints boss Tommy Wright has persuaded Joyce – son of Manchester United reserve chief Warren – to make the move north of the border on an initial deal until the end of the season, with a view to extending it.
Joyce began his career with Bury before being snapped up by Premier League Sunderland in 2012.
“I am delighted to be given this opportunity and hopefully a chance at playing first-team football and making a good impression,” Joyce said.