ATHLETIC have completed their eighth summer acquisition this morning after announcing the capture of Paul Paton.

The 32-year-old, who joins after leaving relegated rivals Falkirk, has penned a one-year contract at East End.

His arrival follows the additions of Raith Rovers pair Euan Murray and Kevin Nisbet, with the latter having finalised his move last night (Thursday).

Former Northern Ireland international Paton, 32, has previously represented clubs including Partick Thistle, Dundee United and St Johnstone, and briefly played alongside Pars assistant coach Greg Shields at Firhill.

A statement on Dunfermline's website said: "Dunfermline Athletic Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of highly experienced midfielder, Paul Paton, on a 1 year contract, after seeking his release from his existing contract with Falkirk.

"This follows successful spells at Partick Thistle previously, for the former Northern Ireland internationalist We are delighted that he has decided to come to East End Park.

"Paul’s leadership and experience will be invaluable assisting the development of our young squad."

The defensive midfielder's arrival follows that of Rovers forward Nisbet, who has signed a two-year deal after exercising a clause to leave the Kirkcaldy club.

The 22-year-old joins Dunfermline having hit 34 goals in all competitions for the Stark's Park side last season, which saw him finish as the joint top league goalscorer in Scotland, winning him the SPFL Tartan Boot award in the process.

However, although the two clubs agreed a five-figure transfer fee for Murray, they have failed to reach an arrangement over Nisbet, which Rovers commenting that "it is expected this matter will now be resolved by tribunal".

On Nisbet's arrival, Pars head coach Stevie Crawford said: "We are delighted.

"We are lucky that we are going to be the club that benefits from the termination of Kevin's contract at Raith Rovers.

"I know that he has scored a number of goals in a league below but it was something that we needed to address. 

"He is at an age where he is keen and hopefully his best years are ahead of him. The coaching staff here are looking forward to working with him and I know Ross McArthur has worked hard behind the scenes to make sure that this transfer goes through. 

"Hopefully it is an exciting signing, the boost that the club needs and Kevin can help our goalscoring abilities for the season ahead."

Raith Rovers added in a statement: "It is with disappointment that Raith Rovers confirm that striker Kevin Nisbet has exercised an optional clause in his contract to leave Raith Rovers.

"The management team and Board of Directors have done everything in their power to persuade Kevin that his future remained at Stark’s Park, including making an improved contract offer. Although we are disappointed, we respect his decision and wish him well for the future.

"Kevin has now decided to join Dunfermline Athletic and as per the contract terms, Rovers will be seeking training compensation for the development and improvement of the player.

"No fee could be agreed between the clubs and it is expected this matter will now be resolved by tribunal."