Plymouth Argyle have boosted their squad by signing former St Johnstone midfielder Paul Paton, confirmed by the club website.

Paton was released by St Johnstone at the end of January, and is able to join Argyle as a free agent.

Paul began his career at Queen’s Park, playing just over 100 games for the Glasgow side. He gained promotion with Queens, typically playing at right-back, before moving to Partick Thistle in 2008.

Paton spent five successful years at Firhill, playing 167 games, being made club captain and, in his final season, leading Thistle to promotion to the Scottish Premier League.

Paul’s next move was to Dundee United, playing three seasons in the SPL, making nearly 100 appearances, before heading to St Johnstone, also of the Premiership, in the summer of 2016.

After 55 games for St Johnstone, Paul was surprisingly released, having been a first-team regular until Christmas.

Paul joins Argyle to bolster manager Derek Adams’ midfield options, and he goes into the squad for Saturday’s home fixture against Bristol Rovers.

Paul Paton intends to bring a wealth of experience into the Pilgrims midfield for the crucial run-in to the season.

Paton said “I’ve been in numerous squads, but I only have five caps right now. I have been in World Cup squads so I have good experience there. It was disappointing to miss out on this squad, but I couldn’t have expected to be in the Northern Ireland squad what I have not really played since the end of January.”

“I have come here to help the boys and get back in. I have come down here to work hard, I like to make tackles, keep things simple and let the good players play.”

“It has been a really successful season for Plymouth; the manager has just won Manager of the Month as well. There is a really good buzz about the place and it is good to be here.”

“I know Derek from Scottish football, the club maybe has a few injuries. He phoned me a couple of days ago and said there was a bit of interest there and would I be happy to come down. To be fair I was more than delighted to come down here.”

“I know he is a hard taskmaster. I have just come here to work hard. I am 30-years-old so I want to focus on the next two months to do my best for Plymouth Argyle.”

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