MIDFIELDER Ryan Edwards has joined Burton Albion on a two-year deal, subject to international clearance.
The 25-year-old Australian arrives at the Pirelli Stadium on a transfer from Scottish Premier League club Hearts.
Edwards has played for Perth Glory in his native Australia, Reading in the Championship and for Hearts, Partick Thistle and St Mirren in Scotland.
The Brewers have a strong record of bringing players from north of the border to the Pirelli Stadium with three current squad members (Liam Boyce, David Templeton, and Scott Fraser) having signed from Scotland.
Albion manager Nigel Clough said: “Ryan is a replacement for Jamie Allen as much as anything and Ben Fox – both of who we have lost – so we are very pleased to get it done.
“His energy is one of the main features of his game, his fitness level is very high. I have spoken to Craig Levein and he says his energy in a game is something that will stand out.
“He wants an opportunity to play in England as well and he’s a good age now to come down after the experience he has had up in Scotland. He played in the Scottish Cup Final against Celtic a couple of months ago, so he played at that level in that kind of game. He’s a good fit for us.”
Edwards said: “Nigel Clough made a real positive impression on me and wanted me down here as quickly as possible. I’m excited to get started.
“I love getting around the pitch. I’m a high energy player who likes getting involved in all the actions. I’m not afraid to get stuck in but I like getting on the ball, and I try and get my passes in and make things happen and get the fans off their seats.”