Scotland international joins Cardiff City on free

Cardiff City have signed Callum Paterson on a free transfer, with the Scotland international a free agent following the expiry of his contract at Hearts.

It has already been a busy summer for the Championship side, who have signed Neil Etheridge and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing since the end of last season. And Paterson becomes Neil Warnock’s third arrival ahead of the new campaign, and the 22-year-old Scotland defender feels arriving at the club early means he will be well acquainted with his new club come August.

“It’s nice and early so I’ve got a lot of time to bed in, get to know my way around the area and introduce myself. It’s great timing and I’m happy to be here,” he told the official club website. “Anyone that has watched me has seen that I like to attack. I’m athletic and I like to go forward and try and get on the end of crosses. I like to score my goals, so hopefully I can come here and score a few too.”

Cardiff finished 12th in the second-tier last season, but Warnock has made no secret that he wants to see his side push for a playoff place next term. Whilst Mendez-Laing is set to be a squad player and Etheridge is not expected to be the only goalkeeper arrival this summer. Paterson looks more likely to be a first choice pick, although more arrivals are certain in the coming weeks.

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