Queen of the South manager Allan Johnston has been left pleased with recent transfer business after signing Lee Connelly from Sunderland and Ruari Paton from Stranraer.

The cinch Championship side have paid a nominal fee for the latter, who impressed with League Two Stranraer last season. Connelly meanwhile joins following his release from Sunderland, having spent time on loan in Scotland with Alloa Athletic last season.

Connelly arrives from down south. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

Johnston said: “Lee is a young player who has loads of energy. He is highly thought of and his shown up well in training so far. Having spent last season with Alloa he knows what to expect in the Scottish Championship so we hope he can hit the ground running.

We are all excited that Ruari has joined us. He is a highly rated youngster who had a very impressive season with Stranraer last year and is a great young prospect that we all have high hopes for. He was the target for a number of clubs. We are delighted that he has joined us on a two-year deal and I think he will be a fantastic addition to the squad.”

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