St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin says it’ll be nice to return to competitive action this evening as he explains the signing of Jake Doyle-Hayes from Aston Villa.

The young Irishman has signed a deal with the Buddies until the end of the season. Doyle-Hayes was signed by Aston Villa in 2017 but only made three senior appearances before leaving the Villans this summer.

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Doyle-Hayes has joined from Aston Villa. (Photo by Kevin Barnes – CameraSport via Getty Images)

His signature was highly sought-after by clubs in Scotland and south of the border, St Mirren boss Goodwin explaining how Doyle-Hayes could replace departed captain and midfielder Kyle Magennis.

“Jake is very comfortable on the ball and technically very good,” he said. “He has a good energy about him and does have similar aspects to Kyle.

“Obviously Jake won’t want me comparing him to Kyle Magennis, he will want to show people what he’s all about himself and how good he is. I’ve got no doubt that he’s going to supplement the quality we have here.

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A good addition. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

“We’ve only got him on a short-term deal until the end of the season but I’ve got no doubt come the end of the season he’ll have attracted other interest. Hopefully he will have enjoyed his time here so much we can hang onto him.”

Goodwin is looking forward to a new chapter in St Mirren’s season. Their last match in the league came on October 2nd and you need to go back further to mid-August when they last recorded a Premiership win

“Hopefully this will be a fresh start for us,” said Goodwin. “I’m really hoping we’ve had our case of bad luck and we can look to the future with a fully fit and healthy squad.

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Brand new start. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“I’m not anxious, it’s still very early days. We’ve missed a couple of fixtures but we look forward to replaying those when the dates are re-set.

“But we’re still firmly in the mix. If you win a couple of games you find yourself in the top half and everything looks rosy.

“It’s far too early to be looking at the table. We’re well aware the run of results haven’t been good enough but there has been a lot of outside circumstances involved in that.”

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