Hamilton have strengthened their squad with the signing of Adam Phillips on loan from Norwich.
The 20-year-old midfielder, a former England youth international, has joined Accies until the end of the season and is their 10th signing of the summer.
Phillips made just four appearances during a loan spell for Cambridge last season, but could make his bow in Hamilton’s Betfred Cup opener against Annan.
Their domestic season starts in the first round of the cup at Galabank on Saturday with Alex Penny, Alex Garcia, Aaron Smith, Tom Taiwo, Ziggy Gordon, Lennard Sowah, Aaron McGowan, Sam Kelly and Mason Bloomfield – a team-mate of Phillips’ from Norwich – also in line for debuts.
Manager Martin Canning has seen several key midfielders leave the club since surviving relegation from the Ladbrokes Premiership last season, with David Templeton, Ali Crawford, Danny Redmond and Lewis Ferguson all leaving the club, forcing him to strengthen.
”Adam is a ball playing midfield player and will add to what we already have here,” Canning told the club website. “He’s come from good stock and has featured for England at youth level.
“I (have) mentioned previously our excellent working relationship with Norwich City and we’re hopeful that this can be another deal which benefits all parties.
“Adam has experienced first-team football with Cambridge United last year and we think that he can come up here, develop further and help us achieve our goals this season.”
Phillips added: ”I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a tough league with a lot of good players in it but I’m ready to show what I can do.”