The former Sheffield Wednesday winger Ross Wallace has signed for St Mirren on a short-term deal, the Scottish Premiership side have announced.
Wallace, whose Hillsborough contract expired 18 months ago, was a free agent after leaving Fleetwood Town last summer.
The 34-year-old trained with St Mirren later in the year and Dundee FC more recently.
But long-term injuries to Kyle Magennis and Ryan Flynn, the former Sheffield United winger, prompted the Paisley side to pounce.
Wallace reunites with Jim Goodwin, who was on Celtic’s books when the former Owls favourite was coming through the ranks in Glasgow and will be his manager at St Mirren Park.
“Ross is a fantastic, experienced player who has played at a high level,” Goodwin told the club’s official website.
“Just having someone with his experience around is great and also the fact he can play in midfield and at left-back.
“People will be used to him playing in more advanced areas but he actually played a lot at League One in England with Fleetwood Town last year in the middle of the pitch. He’s a very calming influence in there, keeps things nice and simple and reads the game well. He’s still got bags of quality as well.
“That experience he will bring is invaluable. I do like to have experienced players around the squad and to have somebody like Ross who has played at a high level can only be a benefit.
“When Ross came up in November it was purely for training, it wasn’t a trial period. At that moment in time, we didn’t need anybody but then obviously losing Magennis and Flynny, along with Ross still being available, convinced us to get him in. It’s vital that we have enough to get us through the season.
“Obviously fitness-wise he isn’t going to be where we want him to be at the moment but we will work with him over the next few weeks.”
Wallace was one of the first signings made by Sheffield Wednesday during Carlos Carvalhal’s managerial tenure, arriving on a free transfer from Burnley.
Two of the Scot’s three seasons at Hillsborough ended in top-six finishes, one of which led to a Wembley appearance for the Owls.
In total, Wallace scored or assisted 33 goals in 124 games for Wednesday.
Wallace’s first season in Sheffield coincided with Flynn’s last.
The former Blade moved to St Mirren 18 months ago following two years at Oldham Athletic.