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Kearney eyes impact from St Mirren's fighting fit recruits

Oran Kearney says Simeon Jackson and Adam Hammill are ready to hit the ground running.

Signing: Adam Hammill is Oran Kearney's latest signing for St Mirren.
Signing: Adam Hammill is Oran Kearney's latest signing for St Mirren. SNS

St Mirren boss Oran Kearney has heaped praise on new recruits Simeon Jackson and Adam Hammill for keeping themselves fighting fit and ready to help the Buddies beat the drop.

Ex-Liverpool and Barnsley winger Hammill followed former Norwich striker Jackson in penning a short-term deal with the Paisley side this month.

Kearney has been busy in the transfer market as he looks to turn around St Mirren's fortunes, having also recruited free agent Anton Ferdinand, the former West Ham and QPR centre-half.

Ferdinand was thrown straight in at the deep end after signing, lining up against champions Celtic within hours of signing, while Jackson played 90 minutes against Hibs just days after moving north last week.

Kearney says it's key any signings he makes at this point are ready to hit the ground running.

He said: "The predicament we find ourselves in is that the transfer window is closed, so it's a niche market we're looking in.

"We're a month past the window closing so a lot of players who are unattached possibly haven't been keeping themselves in good shape.

"If a player is going to take four or five weeks that's no good to us.

"If you take Simeon, for example. He's 31 and when we did his body fats this week he was at four per cent.

"He's in unbelievable shape so credit to him. He came in straight away and played 90 minutes last week and did fantastically well.

"Adam is the same. He's worked tremendously hard off the pitch to keep himself in good shape. He came in this week and breezed through the fitness tests.

"These are the types we're looking for because we need instant results. We don't have six weeks to get people up to speed so it's really important we get these good pros who look after themselves and are ready to hit the ground running."

Hammill left Barnsley back in May before a frustrating spell saw various months, including one to Australian outfit Perth Glory, hit the buffers.

Kearney hopes the Buddies can benefit from a winger with a point to prove.

He said: "Adam's been at Barnsley over the past few years and has racked up 300 appearances at Championship level in England, which speaks volumes about him.

"He had a good season last year and was waiting for certain opportunities to come. He actually turned down quite a few offers but has ended up caught in a quandary without a club.

"So there's a wee bit of hurt there. Now he wants to show people what he's all about.

"I think this is the perfect platform for him to put himself out there again.

"I believe we're quite lucky to get our hands on him, absolutely. Promises were made but things didn't come through and he's been left with nothing. That hurts anyone's pride.

"But the experience of this summer gives him an added edge, a point to prove and I get that feeling from him. That's something we'll be tapping into."

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