Dundee United today announced the signing of 22-year-old central defender Mark Durnan on a three-year deal.

Mark joins from Queen of the South.

Manager Jackie McNamara said, "Mark is a strong centre half, something I have been looking for. He has the hunger and desire to succeed at Dundee United.

"He had greater financial offers from elsewhere but wanted to enhance his football development. He sees the opportunities for young players at Tannadice. This is where he wants to be and showing this commitment to United pleases me."

Mark said: "I have enjoyed my times at Queen of the South but I am ready to step up into the Ladbrokes Premiership and there is no better place to enhance your development than at Dundee United.

"There were other premiership clubs interested in me but once I knew Jackie wanted me, my mind was made up. I cannot wait to meet the rest of the squad and show United fans what I will bring to the Club."

Having already featured in over 100 senior games in Scotland, Mark will bring plenty experience despite his tender age and this was something that attracted Jackie: "He is experienced for his age and that fits the criteria of exactly what we are looking for. His style of play will appeal to our fans and he also pitches in with goals, which is another vital component of modern defenders. I am delighted we have secured Mark's signature."