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Steelmen Could Be On Top Of The World
Published : 27 Aug 2011 10:26:59
Motherwell have made a great start to the season and manager Stuart McCall wants to end on a high before next week's break Stuart McCall is in signing mode after taking Tim Clancy from Kilmarnock and is keen to sign Jamaica winger Omar Daley. Motherwell have agreed to take on on the last year of Clancy's contract from the Rugby Park side with McCall delighted to sign an experienced and versatile defender after Steven Saunders was ruled out for the season with a ruptured Achilles. Daley played under McCall at Bradford and is training with Motherwell after leaving Valley Parade at the end of last season. McCall, whose team face Dunfermline at East End Park today, said: "We are hoping to get another body in and hopefully we won't lose anybody. I know Omar well and I would like the move to happen. But there is a bit of red tape to cut though - visas and things like that. But Omar ticks the boxes in the sense that he can play anywhere up font, like Steve Jones last season. He's pacey - he's just what we need and I'd be delighted if we got him tied up, and I'd be happy with what we've got. We're all positive and delighted to get Tim Clancy. He can play in a number of positions, and for a club like us that is what you look for. I think Tim has probably played about a third of his games at right-back, a third at left-back and a third at centre-back. It suits us down to the ground." Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels suggested that Clancy had been a victim of his own adaptability as he failed to make any single position his own and secure a regular starting place, but the Irish defender feels it is a positive. He said: "I played right-back, left-back and centre-back against Motherwell last season so I cover all the positions. It can work against you. If you have a spot every week and and you're playing, you stay in the team. But if you are getting shifted around, when players get fit again, if you don't have a good game, you are probably the first one to get dropped. But I see it as a good thing because it's a squad game and if you cover a lot of positions it benefits the squad. It's a smaller squad as well here. Killie have a lot of players so hopefully if I come in and do well or if someone gets injured and Tom (Hateley) goes into midfield, maybe I could slot in. It goes with the rest of them across the back four, it's a smaller squad so there are opportunities." If Motherwell get the right result against Dunfermline, who lost to East Fife in the Scottish Communities League Cup in midweek, they will top the league. However, McCall is just concerned with ending the first chunk of the season positively. McCall said: "It's always nice to finish on a high before the international break - you don't want to go into that with a negative result. Dunfermline have been superb. I saw them the other night and Jim (McIntyre) had left a few players out. But I'm sure he'll be looking for a backlash and a better performance this weekend. Things can happen like that in the cup so we know we're in for a hard game. We'll look to be positive and, like every other game, we'll go out there to win it."