St. Mirren confirmed the signing of Junior Morias for an undisclosed fee from EFL League Two outfit Northampton Town in recent days.
He has arrived as a virtual unknown to the majority of Scottish football fans, so who is he and what kind of player is he?
Morias came through the ranks at North London grassroots club Alpha & Omega FC alongside Manchester City star Raheem Sterling – who has even wished him well for his adventure in Paisley.
Whilst Sterling caught the attention of Queen’s Park Rangers, Morias caught the attention of Fulham and joined their academy before transferring to Wycombe Wanderers in 2012 – who he would make 32 first team appearances for in between loan spells with Hendon Town and Boreham Wood.
Upon his release from Wycombe in 2014, he would join the Wood on a permanent basis and spent two years there before joining National League north side St. Albans City.
His spell at St. Albans was short lived however. Morias proved to be too good for the level and his form earned him a move to League One club Peterbrough United just six months later.
He would go on to score 11 goals and provide seven assists in 51 appearances for the Posh.
The 24-year-old Jamaican born forward joined Northampton Town in the Summer of 2018 but was limited to just 907 minutes of action last season across all competitions.
Despite his lack of minutes, Morias, who was mostly used as a substitute, can boast a decent 0.55 goals per 90 for the 18/19 season.
What does he bring to the Saints?
Morias has become the fourth striker on the Buddies books and he will battle it out with Jonathan Obika, Danny Mullen and Cody Cooke for a place in Jim Goodwin’s side.
Morias is a player who is not afraid to take opponents on and is clinical within the penalty box. His strength is another key factor to his game with him able to hold opponents off quite easily, even though he is only 5ft 8″.
Ali Maxwell of Not The Top 20 podcast has provided the following insight on him.
“He has had a strange career in the last few years. He is someone that I have always quite liked the look of but he hasn’t had extended runs in any team since a really grim injury,” he said.
“He is a poacher and I have always felt he could be pretty good in League One or League Two but his managers clearly don’t agree.”