Hartlepool United agree loan deal for St Johnstone full-back

Keith Watson in action for Dundee United
Keith Watson in action for Dundee United

Hartlepool United have agreed a deal to sign St Johnstone full-back Keith Watson.

The former Dundee United and St Mirren defender, who can play as an attacking right back or at centre-half, will pen a deal at the Vic until January after finding his gametime at McDiarmid Park limited.

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"Keith has gone to Hartlepool on loan until January," said Saints boss Tommy Wright, formerly a goalkeeper for Newcastle United and Northern Ireland.

"We are pleased he's got somewhere to go and play.

"With Keith it hasn't been about his ability because everyone has seen how well he's done when he's been in the team.

"But he's been unfortunate, he was doing well then had a freak accident in the gym and had to have a knee operation.

"It's important for him to go out and play.

"The main thing is for him to be playing, get games under his belt and get his career back on track."

Watson, who has seen his career ravaged with injury, is likely to provide competition for skipper Carl Magnay, and could even slot into the centre of defence with summer signing Louis Laing likely to be out for a fortnight.