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Aberdeen's Josh Magennis joins St Mirren on loan until end of season

The Northern Irishman has signed with the Buddies until the summer.

Josh Magennis has joined St Mirren on loan from Aberdeen.
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St Mirren have completed the loan signing of Aberdeen attacker Josh Magennis until the end of the season.

The Northern Ireland international will stay with the Buddies until the summer after the club dropped their interest in Nacho Novo.

Magennis joined the Dons in the summer of 2010 and has played in 20 matches so far this term, with 19 of those appearances coming as a substitute.

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon told the club's website they wanted to sign the player on a long-term basis before agreeing to a shorter deal.

He said: “We continue to work hard behind the scenes to add additional competition for starting places in our squad for the remainder of the season.

“One area we have been looking at is our striking options. Steven Thompson continues to be an important player who performs incredibly well for us, but we haven’t always got the blend round about him quite right at times this season. We have been delighted to bring in Gregg Wylde and Adam Campbell to provide us with width and pace in the final third. Stephane Bahoken will provide Thomo with much needed support, but we feel we haven’t had enough options in that area over the season so far and want to add one more asset into that equation.

“A club our size needs to look at all options out there, as competition for players is fierce during the window. We brought Nacho Novo in for a chat, as he had formed a lucrative partnership with big Thomo in the past and has scored a lot of goals in Scotland. We are no longer pursuing this avenue.

“Josh has pace and strength and will add a few other dimensions up top for us. He has scored some notable goals at this level and he has the potential to do really well for us. He is also accustomed to playing a few different positions, which may come in handy for us.

“We were keen to take him permanently, but [Aberdeen manager] Derek McInnes wasn’t keen to let him go, as he thinks the lad has great potential. We do too. Josh comes here with a point to prove that he deserves more starts at this level and we want to harness that hunger and desire here.”

Aberdeen manager, Derek McInnes was keen to let the Northern Irish international get matches, and show what he can do with a regular run of first team football.

He said: "I think Josh has been a player who we like having around. Selfishly, he's a very good team-mate, and he's played a lot of football coming off the bench.

"To be potentially winning a new deal at Aberdeen he's got to be playing football week in, week out. When the opportunity to go to St Mirren came up, it was something we talked through and discussed. Hopefully Josh will go there and show what he's capable of by getting regular football.

"By no means is he out of sight, out of mind. We'll be keeping in regular contact with him, and hopefully he can go and do well there. The door is by no means shut on him."

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