ATHLETIC have completed the signing of midfielder Kyle Turner from Stranraer.

The 21-year-old, the son of former St Johnstone, Partick Thistle and St Mirren player Tommy Turner, has put pen to paper on a deal with Stevie Crawford's side after they won the race for his signature.

He has signed a two-year contract with the club after they agreed a player development fee with Stranraer, who stated: "Stranraer FC have reached agreement with Dunfermline Athletic for them to sign Kyle Turner for an agreed settlement for his development compensation.

"We are delighted for Kyle that he has made the step up to the Championship and full time football, and wish him all the best at East End Park.

"Kyle leaves with our thanks for his efforts, having scored 19 goals in 138 appearances for the Blues since his debut in September 2015.

"We would like to thank our friends and colleagues at Dunfermline for agreeing to a fair settlement which works for both clubs and the player."

However, while Turner arrives, the Pars have confirmed that Myles Hippolyte has left the club after mutually agreeing to terminate this contract.

The 24-year-old, who arrived from St Mirren last summer, was under contract with the club until next summer but will not be part of Crawford's plans going forward.

A number of clubs, including Oxford United, Aberdeen and Dundee United, have been credited with having interest in new arrival Turner, who last year travelled to then English Premier League side West Bromwich Albion for a trial.

However, he has decided his future lies at East End and becomes Crawford's third summer signing, following the captures of Peterhead midfielder Ryan Dow, and St Johnstone full back Aaron Comrie.

After turning out for home town team St Mirren and Partick Thistle as a youth player, Turner moved to Stair Park in 2015 and played 20 times in his first season with the club.

He has since gone on to make 138 appearances for the League One club, scoring 19 goals, becoming their vice captain in the process.

He was offered a new deal to remain with Stevie Farrell's team but has chosen to complete a move to Dunfermline.

We will have more on this story in Thursday's Press Sport.

Meanwhile Hippolyte, who has also turned out for Livingston and Falkirk, was signed on a two-year deal by former boss Allan Johnston and scored on his debut, a 3-0 Betfred Cup win over Peterhead.

However, he struggled to make an impact and only found the net twice in just 13 league starts – both against the Bairns.