AYR United have continued their close-season signing spree by capturing the services of a new centre half. 

The club said that they were delighted to announce the signing of George Stanger after his contract expired at Alloa Athletic.

The 6ft 2in 22-year-old defender was born in Scotland, but holds New Zealand citizenship through his mother.

George is also the son of former Scottish international rugby union player Tony Stanger.

Speaking to Ayr United TV, George said: "I represented New Zealand at the Under-20 World Cup, and also at Under-23 level and also in the Olympics as well.

"I would describe myself as first and foremost, and I hope so anyway, a good defender.

"I think I'm quick, I'm quite athletic and good in the air. But I also like to get the ball down and play.

"As a modern centre-back, if you want to reach the top level you need to be good on the ball."

And Stanger also had a message to Ayr's supporters, adding: "I'm really looking forward to getting going. I'm going to give you my 100 per cent and hopefully I can show you what I can do.

"I'm really looking forward to meeting you all."

Stanger's career includes spells with Hamilton Accies, with whom he began his professional career in 2018, and Stirling University, as well as loan stints at Stirling Albion, East Kilbride, Forfar and Dumbarton.

He also has six age group caps for New Zealand - four at U20 level and two with the country's U23s.

To watch the full video on YouTube, click here.

Earlier this week the club confirmed the arrival of keeper Robbie Mutch from another League One side, FC Edinburgh.