Connor Ronan will add ‘something a little bit different’ to St Mirren’s midfield after signing a season-long loan deal from English Premier League club Wolves, says manager Jim Goodwin.

The Wolves talent became Saints’ eighth summer signing after Eamonn Brophy, Daniel Finlayson, Charles Dunne, Curtis Main, Greg Kiltie, Scott Tanser and Alan Power on Deadline Day. St Mirren also lost a midfielder on the final day of the window with Cammy MacPherson departing for Scottish Premiership rivals St Johnstone.

MacPherson has departed as Ronan arrives. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

He will remain in Perth for the entirety of the season. But in signing Ronan from Wolves, Goodwin believes Saints are onto a winner: “Connor is a central midfielder who can play a number of positions in the middle of the pitch. He’s played in a deep lying role but he’s also played as a number 10 in the past as well.

“He’s one that is very comfortable on the ball, technically very good and highly regarded at Wolves where he has just signed a three-year deal. I watched Connor playing for the Irish U21s a couple of seasons ago and he was outstanding in Toulon for the Republic. We tried to get him in last season but couldn’t.

“Thankfully this time around we have been able to get it over the line and I think he is one that will excite the fans. People might look at the squad and feel we have a number of midfielders already, but Connor is something a little bit different. He’s a real class act and hopefully St Mirren fans will see the best of him.”

MacPherson said of his move to Perth: “When I was told that St Johnstone wanted to sign me I was flattered. It was a move I really wanted to happen and I can’t wait to get started. There are many quality players at the Football Club and I know I will need to produce my very best to get into the team. But it’s a challenge I will relish.”

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