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Last Updated: Friday, 25 May 2007, 08:24 GMT 09:24 UK
Swans sign Scotland from Saints
Jason Scotland
Jason Scotland has agreed a two-year deal with the Welsh club
Swansea City have signed St Johnstone's Trinidad and Tobago striker Jason Scotland on a two-year deal, subject to a new work permit being granted.

The 28-year-old scored 26 goals in 46 games for the Scottish club last term.

The Swans have paid a nominal fee to secure Scotland's early release from his contract with the First Division side which was due to expire in August.

SPL sides Hibernian, Dundee United and Hearts, plus Birmingham and Southend were all interested in Scotland.

Swansea manager Roberto Martinez was delighted to announce the League One club's first new signing since the end of the season.

"I'm not surprised that there has been a lot of interest in Jason from a number of clubs, especially as he was due to become a free agent in August," Martinez told the club website.

"Goal-scorers are the most precious commodity in football and I believe we've persuaded a quality striker to join us.

Jason Scotland is an exciting player who always entertains and attracts the crowds - and players like that are a rare breed

Swans boss Roberto Martinez

"He is a striker with all-round ability which will enable him to play in a number of roles that gives us different options.

"Jason has a magic touch and can make something happen out of nothing.

"He's an exciting player who always entertains and attracts the crowds - and players like that are a rare breed."

Scotland will link up with T&T team-mate Dennis Lawrence at the Liberty Stadium, who had no hesitation in giving Martinez a glowing report about the striker.

"Jason seems a very reliable character and if he's anything like Dennis he will be disciplined and a model pro. I'm really excited about working with him," Martinez added.

Scotland started his career in Trinidad & Tobago with San Juan Jabloteh and Defence Force, the same team that Lawrence played for before making the move to Wrexham.

Dundee United signed Scotland in August 2003 after impressing manager Ian McCall by scoring both goals for T&T in a 2-1 friendly win at Tannadice.

He made an immediate impact by scoring five times in his first nine starts in the SPL before being forced to return to Trinidad in 2005 after his application for a work permit renewal was turned down.

However, Scotland had an application to play for St Johnstone approved and did enough to warrant a place in Trinidad and Tobago's 2006 World Cup squad.

Martinez, who still has strong links with former club Motherwell, has not ruled out dipping into the Scottish market again to strengthen his squad.

The Swans have already been linked with moves for St Mirren's John Sutton and David van Zanten.

Sutton is out of contract at the end of the season and has yet to agree terms with the Scottish Premier League side, although Falkirk are interested in the front man.

Defender van Zanten has a year left on his contract.



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