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Higdon seals Well switch

Stuart McCall has landed his "number one striking target" after Motherwell confirmed the signing of Michael Higdon.

The striker, 27, has put pen to paper on a two-year contract after coming through a medical and will be officially registered with the club when the transfer window re-opens next Thursday.

Higdon was out of contract after spending two years with SPL rivals St Mirren, where he scored 15 goals last season. McCall now hopes he will be an even bigger hit with the Steelmen.

He said: "When I was made aware that Michael didn't want to go back down south, he was our number one striking target. If you look at the way the game is played in Scotland, you need a physical presence. And, allied with his goal scoring record, we are hoping he will be a good signing for Motherwell.

"I actually remember him from his days at Crewe as a young lad. I saw him play a few times both as a midfielder and a striker. He came up to Scotland with Falkirk and did well and, likewise at St Mirren, he enjoyed a good spell.

"His SPL record last year was 14 goals in 29 games - that's almost one goal in every two games; terrific in anyone's language let alone for a team who are fighting near the bottom.

"Hopefully with the way we play, with two wide men, we can create opportunities and Michael can take them."

Higdon says the opportunity to work with McCall had a big part to play in his decision to move to the Lanarkshire club.

He told the club's official website: "I am really pleased to be here and I can't wait to get going. Last season went very well for me. It was just unfortunate it had to end when it did because when you are scoring goals, you just want the games to keep coming.

"It was hard to leave St Mirren as I really enjoyed my time there. They are a good club and I wish them all the best for the future.

"However, the opportunity to work with Stuart McCall was a big attraction. A lot of people I know in football speak very highly of him and the club certainly seem to be progressing and heading in the right direction."


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