New St Johnstone signing Craig Bryson will be a “great addition” to the squad

New St Johnstone midfielder Craig Bryson has been hailed as a “great addition” to the squad by teammate David Wotherspoon.

The former Scotland international watched from the stands as the Perth side lost 1-0 to Ross County at McDiarmid Park on Saturday.

The 33-year-old is currently working towards a return to full fitness, with his new manager praising his “all-round flexibility”.

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Bryson left Aberdeen earlier this month and Saints beat off competition to land the former Derby County, Kilmarnock and Clyde player on a contract until the end of the season.

He has been an integral part of many teams but his best contribution was at Derby County whom he signed for in 2011 and spent eight years there.

Bryson won their player of the year award twice and was also named in the PFA Championship team of the year.

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And after the weekend’s game, Saints midfielder Wotherspoon said he was looking forward to Bryson donning the blue jersey for the first time.

“I am looking forward to getting to know him and play with him,” he said. “He is a great addition for us and has played at a top level.

“I’m sure he will bring his experience to the table.

“I remember playing against him when he was at Kilmarnock a few years ago – so I am looking forward to playing with him.”

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Manager Callum Davidson is thrilled to have secured Bryson’s signature and knows the player’s ability and experience will significantly enhance the squad.

“Craig brings experience and quality and his energy levels are incredible,” he said.

“He also gives me options with systems. Craig has probably adapted his game a bit. He can sit or press and get forward, like Ali McCann.

“So he offers us all-round flexibility.

“He is a wee bit short of full fitness just now so we will work on that.

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“We have to build him up and make sure he’s ready.”

The manager is hoping that Bryson will not be the last new player to arrive at McDiarmid Park before the transfer window slams shut at midnight on October 5.

“Hopefully there is scope for bringing in one more player and it would be stupid not to keep looking,” he added.

“There might have to be a bit of movement to get one in.”

Upon signing on the dotted line for the Perth club, Bryson said he is looking forward to getting started: “I’m thrilled to finally put pen to paper.

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“As soon as I heard of St Johnstone’s interest it was a place I really wanted to come to.

“I’ve been impressed with the way the club has conducted its business and I’ve also been impressed with the brand of football the team has been playing under Callum Davidson.

“I’m keen to get started and play my part in the season ahead.”

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