Stuart Findlay says he’s looking forward to a new style of football after the former Newcastle United man left Kilmarnock for Philadelphia Union.

The centre-back started out at Celtic before a move south to Newcastle United, where he made a handful of first-team appearances and plenty at youth level. But Kilmarnock is where he’s made his name, becoming a Scotland international and helping Killie to third place finishes in the Scottish Premiership.

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Former Newcastle United man Stuart Findlay has left Kilmarnock for America with MLS side Philadelphia Union on a permanent deal this past week. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Philadelphia Union sporting director Ernst Tanner can’t wait to work with him: “We’re excited to welcome Stuart to the Philadelphia Union. Being able to add a left-footed player to one of the best defenses in MLS, especially one capable of a fast-paced style of play, makes Stuart a valuable asset to our defense and club. We look forward to welcoming him to the team for an exciting 2021 season.”

For Findlay, a new style of play in the MLS suits him after playing the defensive game at Kilmarnock: “Ever since I knew there was a little bit of interest I have watched as much MLS as I can. I do my research online, seen the calibre of players they had, and when the option came to me it was a no-brainer.

“The way the team players suits me as a player so everything fell into place for me. I have been at Kilmarnock for four or five seasons and they play a defensive game. When I heard of the high-pressing Union play with, that suits me down the ground.”

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