Ayr United boss Mark Kerr has expressed how happy he is with the signing of centre-back Jack Baird on a two-year deal.

The Honest Men have moved to secure the St Mirren youth academy product following his departure from Paisley yesterday. He made 165 apperances whilst in Paisley but has found minutes hard to come by over the last two seasons.

Mark Kerr has moved to secure Baird. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

A regular up until the 2019/20 season, Baird spent last season on loan at fellow Championship club Greenock Morton. He returned to St Mirren in the summer to fight for his place but Joe Shaughnessy and Conor McCarthy remain Jim Goodwin’s preferred pairing.

His Saints contract was terminated so Baird was free to move elsewhere and he’s picked Ayr as his next destination. Kerr has already brought in Dario Zanatta, Tom Walsh, Patrick Reading and Michael Miller ahead of the Championship restart next month.

He’s happy to get Baird through the door as he continues to ramp up his Honest Men squad: “Jack had a number of good offers on the table but we are delighted to get him.

“He is still young but brings great experience at Championship level and above.

“He has good height and pace and will complement the options we already have in defence”.

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