Championship title challengers Raith Rovers have announced the signing of former Hibs and Dundee United midfielder Sam Stanton on a two-and-a-half-year contract after leaving Dundalk in the League of Ireland Premier Division.

The 27-year-old also had a stint playing in the United States with Phoenix Rising in the USL Championship – the second-tier of the US league system.

Rovers boss John McGlynn was delighted to welcome Stanton to Stark’s Park as he prepares for a potential debut on January 2 when they face Fife rivals Dunfermline, saying: “Paul Smith and I are delighted to announce the signing of Sam Stanton on a 30 month contract. Subject to International clearance being granted on January 1st 2022, Sam will be available for selection from the New Year derby match on 2nd January 2022 onwards.

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“Sam has gained great experience both here in Scotland – where he came through the youth system at Hibs, and then playing with Dundee United – before going to the States and up until recently playing in the Republic of Ireland with Dundalk,” McGlynn said.

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“He comes to us as a central midfielder who has been playing regularly at a high level, and will settle in very quickly at the club.

“Sam is a gifted footballer who has a great range of pass, and will go from box to box. He is a great age and has gained tremendous experience which we can benefit from.

“Sam was also on loan at the same time as our own Lewis Vaughan at Dumbarton – Lewis spoke very highly of their time playing together there, and we can’t wait to see Sam in a Rovers jersey playing his football and helping the club push on in the second half of the season”.

Stanton is a former Scottish youth international and made over 50 appearances for both Hibs and Dundee United before trying his luck abroad.

His time in America was disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic but saw him help Phoenix Rising to the USL Championship final, having won the Western Conference, before the final was cancelled a few days before it was due to take place.

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