Done deal: Sam Stanton joins Dundee United on loan from Hibs

Dundee United have completed their ninth summer signing with the loan addition of Sam Stanton from Hibs.

Saturday, 15th July 2017, 2:46 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 12:32 pm
Sam Stanton last played in a friendly win over Berwick Rangers for Hibernian. Picture: SNS/Craig Foy

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The 23-year-old was told he was surplus to requirements this week. He played for the capital club in a friendly win over Berwick Rangers but manager Neil Lennon confirmed that he won’t make the first-team.

“I’m very fond of Sammy too,” he said, “but it’s very difficult with the midfield we have at the minute.”

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Stanton has spent the last 18 months on loan at Livingston and most recently Dumbarton, where he played 27 times as the part-time side secured second tier survival. He has scored seven goals in 70 games for Hibs.

“I am excited to join United,” he told the club’s website. “It is a fantastic opportunity for me at a great club and I hope to help United secure the Championship title.

“It is important at my age that I am playing week in, week out and to be offered the opportunity at a club like United is great. I cannot wait to get on the park and show the United fans what I can bring.”

He will link up with former Hibs team-mate James Keatings who was Ray McKinnon’s first summer recruit.

The United boss said: “We have been busy in recent days and securing Samuel rounds up a fantastic few days.

“Everything we are currently doing is geared towards ensuring we have a strong matchday squad and Samuel is a great young, hungry footballer who brings real attacking ability.

“We are getting close to where we want to be, but I am hoping to add a few more before the league campaign begins.”