Partick Thistle manager Ian McCall has signed Tunji Akinola following his exit from West Ham United – and he believes the Firhill defence is now an area of strength.

The 22-year-old left West Ham United earlier this summer after a loan spell at Leyton Orient. Akinola has signed a one-year deal with the Scottish Championship club ahead of Saturday’s trip to Arbroath.

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The West Ham United academy graduate has signed for Thistle. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

McCall now has the West Ham United academy graduate to call upon in central defence, alongside Lewis Mayo, Kevin Holt, Steven Bell, Ciaran McKenna and Darren Brownlie. Akinola can also play right-back for the Firhill club.

The Thistle manager said: “Tunji has been in training with us for a week or two and we’re pleased to get him signed up for the season.

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“He’s comfortable in either the centre of defence or at right-back so he’ll really add to the competition and depth of the squad.

“We’ve now got a very strong core of defensive options to select from.”

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