St. Johnstone have today confirmed the double signing of Ex-Abderden stalwart Andrew Considine, and the former-Saintee Drey Wright, securing both on deals until the summer of 2024.
Considine spent most of last season out injured, before being involved in a contract dispute with Jim Goodwin. The two parties could not agree on terms, resulting in Considine ending his 18 years in an Aberdeen shirt on a bit of a sour note, departing the club on a free transfer.
Rumours began circulating this morning that Saints were set to sign the Defender, these rumours were then confirmed to be accurate by the club this afternoon when they announced their first 2 signings of the summer.
Aberdeen legend Andy Considine made his debut for the 'Dons' way back in February 2004, spending 18 years in the first team; amassing an incredible 554 appearances for the club. The 35-year-old has mainly played at Left Back, but in recent years has adapted his play style with age, moving into the Centre Back role.
[Considine in action for Aberdeen]
The main concern with this signing is nothing to do with his ability, but more with his fitness. Considine missed 33 games last season with a ruptured ACL and has only played 49 minutes of football since August. If he can get back to full fitness then he would no doubt be a handy addition to the squad, but there are doubts
The surprise announcement was that Drey Wright returns to the club 2 years after he left McDiarmid Park, following his release from Hibernian. He showed flashes of his potential in Edinburgh but lacked the end product to really set the place alight, and new manager Lee Johnson decided that Wright could leave the club upon the expiry of his contract.
Once it was confirmed that Drey Wright was leaving 'Hibs' there was plenty of speculation that St. Johnstone might make a move, and Callum Davidson has wasted no time before bringing him back to Perth.
Wright was well-liked by fans in his first stint at McDiarmid Park, which was halted by the Covid-19 pandemic and a cruciate ligament injury. He scored 2 goals and grabbed 4 assists in 45 games for Saints on the Right Wing. The 27-year-old is an exciting player to watch and could provide the creative spark that was often lacking last season, as well as giving Callum Davidson more options out wide.
[Drey Wright playing for Saints]
Both signings are positive steps for the club, with defensive cover desperately needed, especially assuming that Jamie McCart will almost certainly be leaving the club, and more importantly options out wide needed bolstering, with Glenn Middleton returning to Rangers. Wright can also play in the Right Wing Back role, with the potential to be the replacement for Shaun Rooney, and play up and down the right flank.
After weeks of silence on the transfer front, this is an exciting move by Saints, bringing in two quality players who will benefit the squad next season. There is still plenty to do, but these are two smart additions to the team.