Stevie Aitken confirmed tonight that attacking midfielder Josh Todd is set for a transfer to Scottish Championship rivals St Mirren.

The 22-year-old, who signed on an amateur contract with the Sons after moving from Annan, has agreed his terms with Saints and they are just awaitng paperwork to be completed to finally confirm the move.

The Englishman has played 27 times this season for Dumbarton, mainly as a winger.

When asked if Todd was moving to St Mirren, Aitken said: “Yes that’s correct.

“We’ve been talking to Josh for the last few weeks, obviously Josh came in as an amateur player and he’s not playing for any money, so he’s been finding it difficult to get by and to make a living.

“And to go full-time, with the opportunity coming up we didn’t want to stand in the boys way. We wish him well."

And while the manager is disappointed to have lost him to a team in the same league, he feels the squad is well covered to adjust to the loss of the Englishman.

He added: “It’s always a difficult one [losing a player to a rival], but I felt that with Lewis Vaughan, Sam Stanton and Stuart Carswell covering the central position, where Josh wanted to play, I thought we were well covered in that area.”

And the Sons boss also said the club were hoping to secure another signing tomorrow, if all goes to plan.

He said: “We’ll probably get another winger that will come in, that can play out wide.

“Tomorrow we’re hoping to bring someone in if we can.

“Talks have been going really well today, it’s been a busy day with Tom [Lang] coming in and meeting Josh today to sort that out, but nobody is ever signed till they’ve actually signed.

“I think once we’ve done that the squad will be in a strong position for the rest of the season.”