Brighton and Hove Albion pathway development manager and former Scotland defender David Weir believes Lars Dendoncker will benefit from a loan at St Johnstone.

Dendoncker came through the ranks of the famous Club Brugge academy in Belgium before joining Brighton last year. He now links up with the League Cup and Scottish Cup-holding Premiership side, who lost captain and centre-back Jason Kerr on Deadline Day.

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Dendoncker has swapped Brighton for St Johnstone for the season.
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Saints’ new Belgian recruit said of the move from Brighton to Perth: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me. Having won both domestic cups last season, I’m joining St Johnstone on the back of an incredible achievement and I want to go there and create more happy times.”


Weir believes the chance to go to McDiarmid Park will only be of benefit to the Brighton talent after a spell in their U23s squad: “Lars has had a year to settle in after his move from Belgium last summer and this loan represents a great opportunity for him to develop his game in the Scottish Premiership.

“He has had a good year with the under-23s and played consistently well but this move will give him first-team experience. St Johnstone won both domestic cups in Scotland last season and this will be good for his development.”

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