Ayr United win race to land wanted man George Oakley as striker bids to lead Scott Brown revolution

George Oakley says it took only one conversation with Scott Brown to convince him his future lay with Ayr United.

The Honest Men have landed a Championship coup by beating their rivals to the signature of the wanted man on a two-year-deal. Oakley, who was least season's player of the year at Morton, has turned down a new deal at Cappielow to make the Somerset switch.

Partick Thistle were among others linked with a move, but Oakley admits there's more than a hint of summer ambition being shown by Ayr which made his mind up.

He told the Ayrshire Post: "I had a few options on the table but when I sat face to face with the manager and Steven Whittaker, they really sold things to me. In the end it was a no brainer to come here and play for them.

"You can see the club is only going one way and that's up. All the stuff that's happening off the pitch with the new stand is impressive - they are all about making progress. I think any player would look at that and want to be part of it if they could.

"I needed to have a deep think this summer about what was best for me - and I really want to replicate what I did at Morton last season if possible. I want to get Ayr firing on all cylinders and, who knows, towards possible promotion."

Oakley has become one of the Championship's most uncompromising strikers and found the net 13 times last season. And he says that working for a top name like Brown is only going to improve his game. The former Hamilton and Inverness hitman added: "The manager is one of the most decorated players up here. Even down south, when you think of Scottish football you think of Scott Brown.

"So it will be great to work under him and I'm sure he'll help me as a player. He made it clear that I was just the type he needed for the team and I think we'll work well for each other. If you're in football you understand that hard work comes first - it's what I base my game on and I understand that's what the manager wants here."