United sign Cairney

Paul Cairney is Ian McCall’s first new signing of the Summer as he constructs his squad for a new season in the Ladbrokes Championship.

Cairney, 28, was a huge player for Stranraer as they lost out on penalties in the play off final. His previous clubs include Queens Park, Partick Thistle and Hibernian.

The manager said :”Paul is a player I know well. I had him at Partick Thistle where he was one of the best players in the championship which is why Hibs signed him. I think it’s fair to say that he lost his way a wee bit and needs to be fitter and that’s something he will be working on.

In the second half of last season he really showed his quality and ran the game against us in the first leg of the play off final.

My target is to get him to full fitness and a good playing weight and if we do that he is a top level championship player.

Paul can play anywhere across the midfield or behind the striker and I am delighted to be working with him again.”

Paul said :”I’ve worked with the manager before and I know his qualities. As soon as I saw the crowd here in the play off final I was desperate to come. I know quite a few of the boys here so I know there is a lot of quality in the team and I just can’t wait to get started.”