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Liam Craig rejoins St.Johnstone

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Former Hibernian skipper Liam Craig has rejoined old club St.Johnstone, penning a one year deal.

The midfielder played with the McDiarmid Park side for six years after signing from Falkirk – originally on loan – in 2007. He helped the Perth Saints to promotion to the Scottish Premier League, before leaving for Hibernian in 2013.

Following his re-signing, Saints manager Tommy Wright, said: “When a manager makes any signing he’s pleased but the thing about Liam is that I didn’t want him to leave in the first place.

“His experience and knowledge of the club is vital and that came into my thinking. He has a wealth of experience but is still a good age and he has shown in training and in the game against Real Sociedad that he is as good as ever.

“Also, he chips in with goals from midfield and that is something any team needs, so over all I am delighted”.

Craig added: “It goes without saying that I’m delighted to come back. I have a lot of great memories from the last time and I want to play my part in creating new ones and helping the club continue its successes in recent years, particularly the last two.

“Sometimes you just get the ‘right fit’ and in the time I’ve been back training it’s almost like I’ve never been away.“

Craig was appointed Hibernian captain in his first season at Easter Road, but they were relegated to the Championship at the end of the season. Last season, Craig was in and out of the team and was subsequently released at the end of last season.

Meanwhile, Danny Handling is facing six months on the sidelines after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament during Tuesday night’s 3-0 friendly win over Berwick Rangers.

The 21-year-old who made 24 appearances last season, scoring three goals, will undergo an operation next week.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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