Ayo Obileye is the latest Queen of the South recruit as the former Sheffield Wednesday man links up with the Dumfries side.
A towering central defender, this is the 26-year-old’s first move outside of England. Once a youth player at Chelsea, a scholarship took him to Sheffield Wednesday aged just 16.
It was a fast rise for the defender in Sheffield, making his debut just two months into his Owls spell in cup competition against Bradford City. That was the only time he would play for Sheffield Wednesday, going on to have a successful career in the National League.
Most recently he was with Ebbsfleet Town. Obileye has explained how his Sheffield Wednesday debut helped him as he looks forward to life at Palmerston.
“When I moved to Sheffield I made my debut within two months when I played against Bradford in the Football League Trophy,” he said. “It was a big moment for me, it was just two days before my birthday and I had just moved away from home for the first time.
“It helped me down the line. Training has been great, it’s been high intensity and the players have been buzzing about. The fitness levels are good so it’s been a good time. I feel I have fitted in like a glove.
“They are a great bunch who have really welcomed me properly, I think it’s going to be a good year for me and the team can do really well. It’s obviously my first time in Scotland but I have the belief that we can finish in the top end, that’s our push.
“I’m going to give it all I can to make sure that we do finish or at least try to finish in the top end.”
Meanwhile, Kevin Holt has left the club. Queen of the South have confirmed they have agreed to rip up his contract to allow Holt to move to Cyprus. The Cypriot transfer window is due to shut in the next few days.