Freed Blackburn Rovers striker Callum Hendry – son of Scotland legend Colin – joins St Johnstone on one-year deal

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2006

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ST JOHNSTONE have snapped up freed Blackburn Rovers striker Callum Hendry – the son of Scotland legend Colin.

The 19-year-old played as a trialist in Saturday’s 3-0 friendly defeat to Aberdeen at McDiarmid Park, featuring as a substitute for the final 10 minutes.

However, the Lytham St Annes-born youngster has penned a one-year deal, with only international clearance on the contract pending.

Saints manager Tommy Wright said: “Callum Hendry has signed a one-year deal. He had to play as a trialist because his international clearance wasn’t through.

“He looked okay when he came on. He’s certainly got a good leap on him, which is probably from his dad’s DNA!

“He’s a young player who had an injury, which I think has hampered his career.

“But he’s fully fit now and he’s got a chance to make a career for himself.”

Meanwhile, Wright was happy to be able to give a handful of first-team players and some youngsters a run-out against the Dons, despite the defeat.

WORTHWHILE

The Perth outfit are gearing up for the return leg of their Europa League clash with Lithuanians FK Trakai on Thursday after their 2-1 defeat on home soil.

Wright added: “It was a worthwhile exercise. With a very young team out, they’ll learn from that, particularly the first-half experience, against the likes of Adam Rooney, Ryan Christie, Graeme Shinnie, Kenny McLean.

“It was a really strong Aberdeen side and I was pleased with how a lot of them did. It certainly served its purpose from our point of view.

“Chris Millar, Murray Davidson needed game-time. Stefan Scougall we wanted to play for a wee bit longer, but he got a knock on his ribs the other night.

“But he got 60 minutes and that’ll put him where we want to be, available for Thursday.”

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