McLean makes Terrors move

Defender pens two-year deal with Dundee United

Brian McLean: Has linked up with Dundee United following his release by Preston

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Former Falkirk and Motherwell defender Brian McLean has returned to Scottish football and signed for Dundee United.

The 27-year-old has penned a two-year deal with the Terrors following his release by Preston.

The versatile former Rangers trainee scored two goals in 18 appearances for the Lilywhites in 2011/12, but played only once after Graham Westley was appointed manager in January.

It came as little surprise when he was released by Preston at the end of the season, but he has wasted little time in finding a new club.

McLean said in a club statement: "I want to help the squad replicate and improve what they have achieved here in the last few years.

"I will look forward to the European games but it really is a privilege to join this fantastic club.

"Opportunities like this do not come along too often, this is a club that is achieving things on the park right now and I want to be part of that.

Success

"I will knuckle down to ensure I succeed as a Dundee United player.

"There are good things happening here and if I can play my part in future success, I will be delighted.

"It was disappointing that my promising start at Preston fell away with the change of manager down there, but it has presented this opening and I intend to give it 100 per cent to achieve my goals here."

United boss Peter Houston added: "Once I knew Brian was available, I moved quickly to secure him for Dundee United.

"He is a good defender, someone who also likes to play football and alongside the other defenders we currently have, he will become an integral part of our squad.

"Although he is being brought in here as a defender, he is also capable of scoring a few goals and should add to our aerial threat in the opposition penalty area.

"Importantly, he brings with him a wealth of experience from both north and south of the border."