PARTICK THISTLE have agreed a compensation fee with Montrose for highly-rated defender Aaron Sinclair, who travelled with the Jags squad to Catterick Barracks this afternoon for a week-long pre-season boot camp.
The 20-year-old left-sided player was one of four trialists including ex-Southampton winger Jack Boyle, ex-Celtic youth Kieran Brennan and Ian Cameron, son of Thistle coach Ian, who travelled down to North Yorkshire with the Jags in a bid to impress boss Jackie McNamara.
Sinclair is one of the hottest properties in the SFL following a stunning season with the Gable Endies in which he made 37 appearances, scoring three goals.
His form caught the eye of a number of full-time clubs and he spent a week training with St Johnstone towards the end of the year.
Hearts were also linked with a move but the player saw out the season in division three and has decided to head south with Thistle in a bid to win a contract.
That deal moved a step closer today when the Jags agreed a compensation fee with Montrose, due for the out-of-contract player's development with the Angus club.
Meanwhile, McNamara welcomed his troops back from the summer break at the club's new training base in Glasgow Green on Monday and was pleasantly surprised with the fitness levels his players had maintained.
The squad will now step up preparations for the new season at Catterick, with the first pre-season fixture this Saturday at Blyth Spartans.
McNamara said: "Jack Boyle, Kieran Brennan, Ian Cameron's son Ian and Aaron Sinclair will all head down to Catterick with us and well have a look at them down there and in the game against Blyth on Saturday."