Former Nottingham Forest youngster Kyle McClean has joined Scottish Premiership club St Johnstone on a one-year deal according to the Nottingham Post.

The 18-year-old midfielder was a product of The Reds’ academy system however the player failed to make the grade at The City Ground and was released by the club.

Northern Irishman McClean was offered a trial by St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright after learning that he had no future with Forest and the player impressed enough to earn himself a one-year deal at McDiarmid Park. McClean has been a regular for the Sky Bet Championship club’s Under-23 side however the player has been unsuccessful in trying to break into the first team picture.

McClean is now expected to be given an opportunity to impress at his new club with the young midfielder set to be thrown straight into the senior environment in Perth. The player recently received his first international call-up to the Northern Irish Under-21 side and McClean could yet back up his international recognition with performances in the UEFA Europa League with St Johnstone.

The Saints enjoyed another successful campaign in 2016/2017 with the club finishing fourth in the Scottish Premiership table. St Johnstone have consistently challenged in the top six in recent seasons and McClean has a real chance to shine at his new club.

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