St Johnstone agree pre-contract deal for Hearts' Brad McKay

Brad McKay will join St Johnstone in the summer
Brad McKay has agreed a two-year deal with St Johnstone

St Johnstone have signed Hearts central defender Brad McKay on a pre-contract agreement.

Both clubs announced that the 21-year-old will move to McDiarmid Park as a free agent in the summer.

McKay played in 32 games for Hearts last season as they were relegated from the Scottish Premiership.

But his appearances have been limited to nine this term since his way has been blocked by the partnership of Danny Wilson and Alim Ozturk.

Saints manager Tommy Wright said: "I'm really pleased to get a good young defender into the club and one who has good SPFL experience already.

"Brad is a player we have been keeping tabs on and I'm sure he will be a great addition to the squad."

McKay, who will sign a two-year contract with the Perth club, added: "I'm delighted to sort out my future. It's a good move for me - I've heard nothing but positive things about the club and Tommy Wright."

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson said: "I think this will be a good move for Brad. We don't want to stand in anyone's way - he wants to be playing more first team games and hopefully he will do that next season.

"In the meantime I am sure he will continue to work hard for us and be ready if called upon."

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