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Scottish Premiership side confirm the capture of prolific Dundalk striker

David McMillan is moving on from Oriel Park after four successful seasons with the Lilywhites.

5a3140a6c6ae8976175928 St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright unveils new signing David McMillan. Source: Graeme Hart/St Johnstone FC

ST JOHNSTONE HAVE announced the signing of David McMillan on a two-and-a-half-year contract. The striker will officially join the Scottish Premiership club when the transfer window opens in January.

McMillan has spent the past four seasons at Dundalk, with whom he won three SSE Airtricity League Premier Division titles, one FAI Cup and two League [EA Sports] Cups.

“David’s a player I’ve known for quite some time and I knew he was coming out of contract and felt the time was right to make a move,” St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright told the club’s official website.

“He’s scored all types of goals — left foot, right foot, headers — and he’s done it at various levels including European club football, so he has experience of a higher level than just League of Ireland. He’s a hard worker, a good age and without doubt capable of making the step-up.”

After scoring 23 goals in all competitions for Dundalk in 2017, McMillan’s contract expired following the Lilywhites’ defeat to Cork City in last month’s FAI Cup final.

The 28-year-old Dubliner, who also worked part-time as an architect, joined Dundalk from Sligo Rovers for the 2014 season. He netted five times in last season’s Champions League campaign and was on target again in this year’s tie against Rosenborg.

David McMillan celebrates scoring McMillan was a fan favourite at Oriel Park. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

McMillan’s departure is certainly a blow to Dundalk, but manager Stephen Kenny has already brought in a couple of promising replacements. Patrick Hoban has returned to the club following a spell in England and Ronan Murray has joined from Galway United.

McMillan took to Twitter this afternoon to show his appreciation to his former club. He said: “A huge thank you to everyone at Dundalk FC for four incredible years. I could never have anticipated the success we have enjoyed over that time.

“I have experienced so many incredible nights that I will never forget and I would like to thank everyone at Dundalk; not just all the players and coaching staff I have had the pleasure of working with, but all the fans who have travelled far and wide to support us. Thank you!

“I move onto a new chapter in my career now with St Johnstone, one I am very excited about. It’s a new challenge and I can’t wait to get started.”

St Johnstone are currently in seventh place in the Scottish Premiership.

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