MORTON have bolstered their defence with the signing of centre back Brian McLean on a one year deal.

The 34-year-old has put pen to paper today with the club after impressing following a short trial period.

McLean, who started his career at Rangers and went on to have spells with Motherwell, Falkirk, Preston, Dundee United, Ross County and Hibs, had a short stint with Dumbarton at the end of last season.

Ton boss David Hopkin praised McLean's performance following last week's friendly against St Johnstone.

Hopkin has been keen to add defenders to his squad and has now agreed terms with the experienced stopper, with Peter Grant the only other recognised centre back currently on the books.

McLean told the club website: “The gaffer is an easy guy to get on with; very genuine and straight to the point.

"He’s very direct in what he’s asking from the players.”

“What impressed me the most is the way he ran his training sessions and how he outlines the specifics of each and every player in the team.

"Having a gaffer like that is outstanding to see because there’s no hiding from him, you need to know exactly what your job is.”

McLean will go straight into the squad for this evening's Betfred Cup group clash with Dumbarton at Cappielow.

He said: “Obviously we want to win our first game to give us a platform for the season ahead so we’ve got something to work from.

"The main goal is to go into the season strong and make sure we perform as a team to ensure we get into the play-offs.”

“I’ve been in football long enough to know that things can go wrong so easily but as long as we get consistent and keep going the way we are then there’s nothing stopping us from being a success."