St Johnstone sign Gary McDonald after Morecambe exit

St Johnstone have signed midfielder Gary McDonald after the 31-year-old rejected a new contract with League Two outfit Morecambe .

And Saints have also extended the stay at McDiarmid Park of defenders Frazer Wright and Gary Miller.

Like McDonald, they have signed one-year contracts with the Perth club.

McDonald had joined Morecambe from Hamilton Academical but turned down a new deal on reduced terms after his 49 appearances this season.

After the Shrimps' 16th-place finish, former St Mirren man Will Haining, fellow defender Nick Fenton, striker Jordan Burrow and winger Lewis Alessandra also turned down new terms.

Having started his career with Kilmarnock, Irvine-born McDonald went on to play for Oldham Athletic and Aberdeen before joining Accies.

He becomes Tommy Wright's first signing since succeeding Millwall-bound Steve Lomas as manager last week and the former assistant has also secured namesake Frazer and Miller for another season.

In Miller's first season with St Johnstone, the 26-year-old previously with Ross County made 21 appearances.

The 33-year-old Wright, who had joined the Saints from Kilmarnock in 2011, made 38 appearances for the Perth outfit this term.