Ayr sign former Perth Saint James

04 June 2009 07:53
Ayr United have signed Kevin James after the 33-year-old was released by St Johnstone and are poised to secure fellow defender Andy Aitken. James had joined Ayr on loan at the end of the season and helped them win promotion to Division One. The former Falkirk, Hearts and Airdrieonians defender has signed a one-year contract with Ayr. Meanwhile, Annan Athletic say Aitken had rejected their approach and was poised to join Ayr. Aitken, who began his career with Annan before they joined the Scottish Football League, had spent the last three years with Queen of the South, his second spell with the club. And the 31-year-old's former club's website announced: "Annan Athletic are disappointed to announce that we have failed to bring Andy Aitken to Galabank. "Andy informed the club that he was going to take up Ayr United's offer, which will give him the opportunity to remain at SFL Division One level." Meanwhile, goalkeeper Stephen Grindlay and strikers Mark Roberts and Ryan Borris are the latest players to sign new contracts with Ayr for next season. Ayr expect midfielder Kenny Connolly, the only member of the current squad still to sign, to put pen to paper on his return from holiday. Midfielder Scott Agnew will return to his former club, Alloa Athletic, on loan next season. Ayr had already released Scott Walker, the veteran defender having since joined Second Division Alloa on a permanent deal, while Fraser Stewart, Murray Henderson and Allan Dempsie also exited Somerset Park.

Source: BBC_Sport