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Friday 04 Aug 2023
Sam McClelland makes switch from Chelsea to St Johnstone

Defender Sam McClelland has secured a two-year deal with Scottish Premiership side St Johnstone following his release by Chelsea at the end of last season.

The 21-year-old, who has one full international cap for Northern Ireland, spent five years at Chelsea and enjoyed a successful loan spell with AFC Barrow last term, making a total of 30 appearances for the League Two outfit.

Speaking about his move to McDiarmid Park he said: “I’m so happy to be here and get the deal over the line. I first heard about a potential move around a week or so ago and I was immediately interested in coming here. I’m really looking forward to getting started.

“The manager was the first to make contact with me and I liked what I heard, he made it a really easy sell for me.

“It’s a brilliant opportunity to come up to Scotland,” he added. “There’s a real spotlight with so many big games in the Premiership that I’m looking forward to already. I’m here to improve myself but also try be a part of successful St Johnstone team.”