Craig Conway says he is ‘buzzing’ and ‘raring to go’ after securing a return to Scottish football after nine years away.

The 35-year-old former Rovers favourite has signed a one-year deal with St Johnstone and could make his debut against former club Dundee United when the Scottish Premiership returns this weekend.

Conway last played in Scotland in 2011 and has since had spells with Cardiff, Rovers and Salford before returning north of the border.

The winger had five-and-a-half years at Rovers, making 200 appearances, before departing last summer, with last season spent with League Two side Salford City.

But after his release, Conway has been training with Callum Davidson’s side and has now put pen to paper on a 12 month deal.

And the winger can’t wait to get started.

"It's been a mad few months for me but I'm delighted to be here," he told his new club’s website.

"I think it's been about 10 years since I last lived in Scotland and I actually stayed in Perth while I was playing for Dundee Utd so it's great to be back.

"The first game of the season will be against my old club and I just knew that would happen. I'm looking forward to it if I'm involved although it will be a little strange going back there."

Conway was part of the United side who won the Scottish cup a decade ago, and a return to one of his former clubs could be in the offing as he prepares to make his Saints debut.

Fellow former Rover Davidson is looking to stamp his mark on the side, after replacing Tommy Wright, having previously been assistant manager at the club, as well as coaching spells at Stoke City and Dunfermline.

Conway hopes to bring some experience to the dressing room, and has been impressed with what he has seen from Davidson, who Rovers signed from Saints for a seven-figure fee in 1998.

"I've been lucky enough to play a lot of games for some big clubs and I think that I bring that experience in to help what is a young and talented squad here,” Conway added.

"I always go on my gut feeling and having spoken to the manager a lot I got a really good vibe.

"I was really happy with the things he was saying about the club, his vision moving forward and how he saw me fitting into that.

"It's great to be a part of it and I'm just looking forward to getting out there on the pitch and getting the new season started."