St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin says new signing Alan Power’s time in the Nottingham Forest academy has given him good grounding for a long career in football.

The Irish midfielder has signed with St Mirren ahead of the 2021/22 cinch Premiership season after leaving Kilmarnock. Goodwin tried to make the Nottingham Forest academy graduate one of his first Saints signings when he got the job in 2019 but is happy to land him now.

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Power started his career at Nottingham Forest, and while the 33-year-old didn’t make many appearances for the English Championship club, Goodwin says it’s the reason why he plays like someone younger: “He’s got great experience and even though he’s 33, if you saw him in training without knowing his age you’d think he was 26 or 27.

“He’s a very fit boy who’s had a great upbringing in terms of the academy football he’s played (with Nottingham Forest). He’s also not just a dog who gets stuck in in the middle of the park, he’s a very good footballer as well. He’ll certainly improve us. I tried to get Alan here the minute I walked in the door.

“I remember having the conversations with Gus MacPherson, we spoke to Killie at the time and they didn’t want to lose him. For me he’s a top player in terms of his leadership qualities and the example he sets, not just in training but on the pitch.”

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