Tuesday 24th June 2014

MANAGER Ian Murray revealed his second new summer signing this evening with the news that former St Mirren defender David van Zanten has agreed a one-year deal with an option for a further season and is now a Sons player.

The 32-year old defender, who made over three hundred (332) appearances for St Mirren, brings a wealth of experience to the Bet Butler Stadium.

Like his old pal from St Mirren park Hugh Murray, David is an inductee in the Buddies hall of fame.

Born in Dublin, van Zanten began his career with Tolka Rovers before joining Celtic in 1999. He spent three seasons with Celtic but failed to make any first team appearances and he was freed in 2003.

He joined St Mirren after impressing their manager John Coughlin in a trial match at Easter Road, and helped the Buddies to win promotion to the Scottish Premier League in 2006.

In 2008 he signed for Hibs and made 33 appearances, but was released in 2009. Morton and Hamilton Accies had his services next but first team outings were limited.

David was brought back to St Mirren Park in the summer of 2010 as the first signing of new manager Danny Lennon.

Dumbarton manager Ian Murray commented: “When I found out David was available we made contact, and an offer followed.

“He’s played at the highest level in Scotland and is top flight quality. A player of his calibre opting to join us is a very good sign.

“I’m pleased to have him as part of our squad, as his experience will be invaluable in the season ahead.”

Ian Murray welcomes David van Zanten. Photo by Donald Fullarton.

Alan Findlay

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