We are delighted to announce the signing of Scottish attacker Jack Aitchison on a permanent contract.
The 23-year-old joins on a two-year deal and links up with the Grecians following his release from Scottish Premiership side Motherwell.
Aitchison is a product of the Celtic youth system and in May 2016 became the youngest ever player to represent the Bhoys in a competitive match aged 16 years and 71 days. In scoring in that game, he subsequently became the youngest ever scorer - a record that still stands.
During his time with the Glasgow club, he had important developmental loan spells at Dumbarton and Alloa Athletic, before joining Forest Green Rovers on a season long loan in September 2019.
He'd go on to score five times for the Gloucestershire outfit in 28 games, before joining Barnsley on a three-year deal in October 2020. He had two further loan spells at Stevenage and again at Forest Green. He scored last season for the Tykes - his last in January in a 3-1 win over Accrington.
Aitchison made 11 appearances in the claret and amber of Motherwell before his release at the end of last season.
"Jack is a player I've known for some time," Gary Caldwell said about his latest signing.
"He had a youth career at Celtic and I've seen his career progress and devleop. He fits the profile of what we want at the football club - he's hungry to develop - and he brings a lot of quality in a position we need competition in, given who has left.
"He'll bring goals as well. We worked hard to get him as he was wanted by a number of clubs, so we're delighted to bring him in.
"It wasn't an easy signing to complete - we had to sell the club to him and he had lots of other options."