THE PARS have announced the signing of former goalkeeper Ryan Scully from Greenock Morton this morning.

The 26-year-old, who previously enjoyed two loan spells at East End Park, has penned a deal until the end of the season, with an extension option for a further year.

Earlier this week, speculation linked Scully with Dunfermline, and head coach Stevie Crawford told Press Sport: "We are looking at all avenues but that's as much as I can say at the moment.

"There are names who I could sit and talk about but it's not fair. It's disrespectful to other clubs, so we just have to stay tight on what we're trying to work towards."

Scully's departure from Morton - who the Athletic face at Cappielow on Saturday - was confirmed yesterday (Wednesday), with their manager, Jonatan Johansson, telling his club's website: "I was comfortable with my goalkeeping options, but Ryan Scully recently came to me and requested to leave to play first-team football.

"We want players here who want to be at Morton Football Club so decided it would be best for all parties to allow Ryan to move on. I thank him for his contribution in my time as manager and wish him well for the future."

After beginning his career with Partick Thistle, Scully initially joined the Pars on a six-month loan deal in the summer of 2013 following Dunfermline's relegation to League One.

Such was the shot-stopper's impact, that deal was extended until the end of the season, before then manager Jim Jefferies snapped him up once more for the 2014/15 campaign.

He left the club having won a string of player of the year accolades and, on his return to Firhill, penned a new two-year deal with the Jags.

Following their relegation last season, he left Maryhill in the summer for Morton, but has now completed a return to East End.