MORTON boss David Hopkin has made his first signing since taking the reins at Cappielow.

South-Africa born midfielder Kyle Jacobs is joining the club one a one year deal.

Jacobs, 27, previously worked with Hopkin at his former club Livingston.

He has penned a pre-contract and will join up from current club Queen of the South on the expiry of his Palmerston deal at the end of the month.

Jacobs was on the scoresheet against Ton recently, when he found the net for Queens in a 1-1 draw in Dumfries.

Boss Hopkin told the club website: “I had Kyle at Livingston and he’s a fantastic pro, a fantastic player, and a fantastic person.

“The most important thing is signing players who want to come here, and the speed at which we were able to agree a deal showed me his desire to join us.“He’s proven at this level.

"I think he’s played over 300 senior games, most of them in the Championship, and he’s an individual who can play in numerous positions and that’s important with the budget and the smaller squad.

“When we were at Livingston, he played in the centre of midfield – he likes to get about the pitch; he’s a fit lad and an aggressive player – but also at centre-half, left-back, and right-back.

“We’re trying to get a squad together that’s going to be competitive and he adds competition in the middle of the park and covers a lot of bases.

“Kyle is my first signing and when you build a team, you have to start by bringing in players who are probably going to be part of the backbone of your side.”