Mon. Jun 27th, 2022

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St Mirren are poised to sign Australian wing-back Ryan Strain from Israel champion Maccabi Haifa.

SunSport understands that the very active saints are awaiting confirmation of approval for a potential free transfer of the Coventry-born ace who obtained Australian citizenship and previously played for Adelaide United.

But they look set to beat the fierce competition of several England teams and at least one top flying club here.

The former Aston Villa youth strain made 14 appearances for last season’s winner Maccabi Haifa.

But now he is believed to connect with Stephen Robinson’s Saints and aspire to be his sixth summer capture for the 2022-23 campaign.

And the Buddies are very hopeful of making a deal they would consider a coup.

Strain was called up to Australia for World Cup qualifiers against China and Vietnam a year ago, but missed out due to a hamstring injury during training.

However, he believes a move to Scotland and a strong start from the Premiership could give him a late opportunity to build Graham Arnold’s squad for the final in Qatar in November.

The 25-year-old joined Maccabi Haifa a year ago and competed in Best Flight, Domestic Cup and Europa Conference League qualifiers.

The Israeli giants will face Olympiacos in the second qualifying round of the Champions League next month.

However, Strain is eager to return to England and Robinson, who is working closely with new Chief Operating Officer Keith Lasley and Recruitment Officer Martin Foyle, on a dramatic team reshuffle will be delighted to land him.

The ambitious Northern Irishman, determined to make the Paisley outfit a strong top six contender, needs to know what players will be coming over in the next few days.

Mirren have already signed Middlesbrough forwards Toyoshi Olusanya and Morecambe’s Jonah Ayunga, Motherwell’s Mark O’Hara and Keanu Bacchus and Dundee United’s keeper Trevor Carson.

After playing some surprises at Motherwell, including two cup finals and a European run, Robinson replaced Jim Goodwin for Aberdeen in February, but saw the team stagnate on form and into a fight for safety. to.

But he’s decided to make sure this doesn’t happen again in the new season, and instead wants the Saints to work hard for a higher position and decent cupruns.

Robinson, who will take the squad to Northern Ireland for pre-season training and friendly matches, is still working on other possible signings.

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