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Confirmed: Man Utd midfielder joins St Mirren on loan

Matty Willock has joined St Mirren on a season-long loan, subject to international clearance.

The 21-year-old has experience of the Scottish Premiership (12 appearances) having spent the second half of last season on loan at St Johnstone.

While the standard of SPL is much lower than the Premier League, it’s about minutes for Willock and other youngsters that go out on loan.

Willock even says he is delighted to move to the newly-promoted club.

“I spoke to the gaffer and he really sold me on the way he wants the team to progress this season.,” he told stmirren.com.

“I know what I am coming into. I know the tempo of the game is really quick, so hopefully my experience last season stands me in good stead.

“I’m a midfielder, I work hard, I try and drive forward with the ball and will hopefully chip in with some goals and assists.”

St Mirren boss Alan Stubbs says he brought Willock up to Scotland ahead of next season to bring physicality to their midfield.

Stubbs added: “He certainly brings a physicality to the midfield. Most importantly, he brings competition for places.

“He is a big lad, six foot one or two, powerful, aggressive, he will get around the pitch.

“He is a threat in terms of scoring, which is what I want to add to the midfield area, and he certainly gives us a lot of options in there.”

Willock, who joined United in 2012, has come through the ranks at United and has represented both the Under-18s and Under-23s.

He has even been named on the first-team bench on a couple of occasions and came close to his senior debut on the final day of the 2016/17 Premier League season.

Best of luck to Willock at St Mirren, here’s hoping the lad gains more valuable experience in Scotland.

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