ST Mirren manager Tommy Craig has pulled off a double signing coup by extending Kenny McLean’s stay in Paisley and bringing in Manchester City defender Ellis Plummer on loan.
Scotland Under-21 midfielder Kenny McLean has signed a new two-year contract while 19-year-old Plummer has joined from the English champions on a one-year loan deal.
McLean had been expected to move on this summer after being linked with a move to England and Rangers but the 22-year-old has been persuaded to stay by new boss Craig and his assistants Jim Goodwin and Gary Teale.
McLean told the club’s official website: “Having looked at various options I decided that it would be better to stay at St Mirren and continue my development here under Tommy, Gary and Jim.
“They have all been in touch regularly over the summer and been very supportive, and I’m really looking forward to continuing where I left off last season.”
Left-sided McLean has made 123 appearances for St Mirren after coming through the club’s youth ranks, netting 17 goals, and was instrumental in the club’s strong finish to last season as they moved away from the relegation zone.
Centre-back Plummer, who can also play left-back, is in City’s elite development squad and made three first-team appearances for Oldham during a loan spell at the Sky Bet League One club last season. He has been capped by England at under-16 and under-17 level.
Patrick Vieira, who coaches Plummer at City, said: “This is an exciting development opportunity for Ellis, the experience of playing in the Scottish Premiership will be of huge benefit to him. I’m looking forward to seeing the progress he makes up in Scotland, and we wish Ellis and St Mirren well for the coming season.”