DUNDEE UNITED new boy Mark Durnan last night revealed how he turned down more cash elsewhere - so he can build a golden future for himself at Tannadice.

Durnan, 22, joined Jackie McNamara's men, who shelled out £40,000 compensation to secure his services on a three-year deal from Championship outfit Queen of the South, and he's now gearing up for his first taste of the top-flight next season with the Tangerines.

The centre-back was an integral part of the Palmerston squad that lost out to Rangers in the play-offs so his performances at the heart of their defence attracted widespread attention from Premiership clubs.

But the former St Johnstone and Arbroath stopper admitted he was lured to Tannadice because of their track record of nurturing top young talent after the likes of Andy Robertson clinched a dream move to English cracks Hull City, as well as former star duo Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven sealing switches to Celtic.

"I could have earned more money elsewhere but Dundee United is where I wanted to be," said Durnan, who was wanted by both Ross County and Motherwell. "I really like the club's ethos and their commitment to developing young players. That is very important to me.

"I feel as though I'm ready to make the step up into the Premier League. I have enjoyed my time at Queen of the South but now is the time to test myself at a higher level.

"There was interest from other Premiership clubs but I knew where I wanted to go once I knew Jackie was interested. I'm excited about meeting the rest of the lads and showing the United fans what I can bring to the club once the season gets underway."

Meanwhile, McNamara is thrilled to have made the Glasgow-born defender his first summer signing and is sure he'll become a smash hit for the tangerine side of the city.

McNamara said: "I have been looking for a strong centre-half and Mark fits the bill. 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 here. He sees the opportunities for young players at Tannadice. This is where he wants to be and showing his commitment to United pleases me.

"He is experienced for his age and 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. I am delighted we have signed him."