Dundee United manager Craig Levein says new signing Danny Swanson is a long-term replacement for Cardiff loan-signing Willo Flood.
Swanson (right) said he was eager to play his first game for United
Midfielder Swanson, 20, signed a contract until 2011 after sealing his move from Berwick Rangers on Wednesday.
Levein said: "I'm delighted to get Danny. I've watched his career since I was at Leicester a few years ago."
Swanson, who rejected a move to Hamilton, said the lure of playing in the SPL was too strong to resist.
The midfielder will move to Tannadice in January and Levein said he was confident the player would bolster the squad.
United are a good club for giving youngsters a chance
"We've got a solid base to from in midfield now, with the likes of Morgaro Gomis and Prince Bauben, so we've got the defensive side of it covered," he said.
"But Danny is more of an attacking player. Willo Flood is in there just now, but he's on loan and we have to be careful we don't get into a position where him going back leaves us with a big gap.
"We're looking ahead a bit so he's coming in to train with us to get to know the lads.
"He's a bit subdued at the moment, but that's to be expected and he'll get up to speed quickly."
Swanson will not be able to make his debut for the Scottish Premier League outfit until the opening of the transfer window in January.
And Swanson will continue to play for Second Division Berwick until then.
Swanson will train with the SPL club part-time until making the move on 1 January.
The former Leith player had attracted plenty of attention for his performances at Shielfield and was recently watched by the Old Firm.
Swanson said: "I could've moved to Hamilton in the last transfer window but it didn't feel right and, besides, I wanted to move to the SPL.
"When United came in for me, I was really keen to come here because it's a good club for giving youngsters the chance and the manager is someone I really want to work with.
"I'm going to be here two days a week to help me get up to the pace and I'll be doing my best to catch his eye ahead of coming here full-time in January."