Stockport County dramatically beat the transfer deadline date by 30 seconds to sign Aberdeen forward Michael Paton on loan until January.
Paton, who came through the SPL side’s highly regarded youth system, was attracting the attention of clubs north and south of the border.
The forward, 22, said: “I’m looking forward to it, but I will be back in Aberdeen in January.”
Aberdeen and ex-Scotland manager Craig Brown said recently of the striker: “He is a good player but the problem is he has not done enough in training or in games to prove he should be in the first team.”
The majority of Paton’s salary will be paid by the Scottish top flight team, as Stockport are unable to match his current wage.
County’s assistant manager, Willie McStay, said: “Michael needs first-team football and he is coming to a well-supported club where he will get his chance to impress.”
Paton is a fans favourite in North East Scotland, having set Lee Miller up to score the winner in a 1-0 Pittodrie win over Rangers in November 2009.
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