Saints have completed the signing of striker Nicholas Bignall on loan from Championship side Reading.

The 20 year-old is a quick and powerful forward who has joined the club until 4th November and goes straight into the squad for Saturday's game against Tranmere Rovers.

Saints manager Nigel Adkins has built an impressive reputation as a manager with a good eye for young striking talent, and will be looking to add Bignall to the list of strikers he has improved the fortunes of over the years, including the likes of Jermaine Beckford, Andy Keogh and Gary Hooper.

Bignall, Reading born and bred, is a product of the Royals Academy and topped the scoring charts at Under 18s level in consecutive seasons for the Berkshire side.

More recently he has enjoyed loan spells at Northampton Town, Cheltenham and Stockport County, before making a ninety minute appearance in his parent club's 1-0 win over Torquay United in the Carling Cup at the start of the current campaign.

He also featured in Reading's 4-2 pre season win at St. Mary's earlier this year, replacing winger Jobi McAnuff with the visitors 3-2 up at the time.

Bignall will wear the number 31 shirt.

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