SHEFFIELD Wednesday winger Gary Teale today signed a two-year deal at St Mirren after leaving the Owls by mutual consent, writes Paul Thompson.
The Star’s website had earlier revealed that he was heading for the Scottish Premier League outfit.
His Hillsborough contract had another year to run after his arrival from Derby last summer.
But today he followed Tommy Spurr, Darren Potter and Paul Heffernan out of the exit door as the Owls attempt to rebuild after a disappointing season.
Wednesday issued a statement saying that Teale had left by mutual consent.
Later this afternoon St Mirren confirmed that he had joined them.
In moving to Scotland he has gone home: he was born in Glasgow and has played for Clydebank and Ayr.
The winger will be 33 this month. He made 47 starts and five appearances as a sub for the Owls and scored five goals.
St Mirren manager Danny Lennon said: “I’m very excited that we have brought in Gary Teale, he has played at the highest level in the English Premiership and Championship and has been capped for Scotland.
“At the age of 32 he is still ambitious and hungry for success and has kept himself in really good condition , and above all he has the mentality of a winner.
“I played beside Gary at Ayr United when I was becoming an old man in the game and he was just breaking through. You could see the potential he had at that time so it doesn’t surprise me one bit that he has gone on to have such a successful career, but the good thing is he still has so much more to offer.
“I feel we are very lucky that our club has the ambition to attract a player of quality in Gary Teale.
“Gary is not only a quality player but he has a great reputation in the game and he is an exciting player to watch as he can make great deliveries from either wing – an attribute that I felt we lacked quite a bit last season as we attacked the opposition’s final third.
“He is a creator of chances with a terrific work ethic and as much as we will love to see him push forward he is not shy to work back and defend as required. But primarily he is being brought here to help us win games with that quality final ball into the opposition’s penalty area and I’m sure we’ll get to see a wee bit of individual magic from him as well.”