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Morais signs St Johnstone deal

Filipe Morais in action for Inverness
Morais spent a spell on loan with St Johnstone from Millwall

Former Hibernian and Inverness Caledonian Thistle midfielder Felipe Morais has signed a one-year contract with St Johnstone.

The 23-year-old, who had a loan spell with the Saints in 2007, had been in negotiations with the Perth club following a successful trial period.

However, captain Kevin Rutkiewicz is likely to miss the start of the season after picking up an injury.

Portugal-born Morais had rejected the offer of a new deal from Inverness.

He had joined Caley Thistle from Hibs in January and will now remain in the Scottish Premier League after relegated Inverness were replaced by the First Division championship-winning Saints.

Morais, who scored five goals in 14 appearances for Caley Thistle, came through the youth ranks at Chelsea and had a loan spell with Milton Keynes Dons before joining Millwall.

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He played alongside present Saints manager Derek McInnes during his year-long spell with the London club.

But Morais was farmed out to St Johnstone for the latter part of the Division One season.

And he moved permanently to Hibs in 2007 only to fall out of favour at the start of his second season with the SPL club.

Morais was fined at Edinburgh Sheriff Court for an assault at an Edinburgh casino and eventually left Easter Road for Inverness along with midfielder Thierry Gatheussi.

Meanwhile, defender Rutkiewicz will be given a scan on his knee on Wednesday evening after picking up an injury in Tuesday's friendly with Cowdenbeath.

McInnes told the club website: "It looks like medial ligament damage but I don't want to jump to conclusions about the severity of the injury, we'll see what the scan results show.

"However, he's on crutches and unable to move the knee so it is obviously a concern with the SPL starting in two weeks."



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see also
Grainger exits United for Perth
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Saints sign Gers goalkeeper Smith
10 Jul 09 |  St Johnstone
Inverness begin reshaping squad
25 May 09 |  Inverness CT
Inverness add new trio to squad
10 Jan 09 |  Inverness CT


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