Motherwell FC can today confirm that midfielder Marc Fitzpatrick has signed a short-term extension to his contract.
The 24-year-old had a torrid time with injuries last season, missing the bulk of the campaign with a hip injury, quickly followed by a hamstring tear.
As a result, ‘Well boss Craig Brown wasn’t given an opportunity to have a proper look at the player and has rewarded him with a deal till Christmas.
That will allow Fitzpatrick, who scored the famous winning goal in the CIS Cup Semi Final against Hearts back in 2005, the opportunity to not only get fit but stake a claim for a first-team place.
Speaking exclusively to motherwellfc.co.uk, Fitzpatrick said, “Obviously I am delighted to have signed the contract to stay at Motherwell – I’ve been here a long, long time and built up a real feeling for the club.
“Ideally it would have been for a little longer but, in saying that, I understand the situation. I was out of contract at the end of this month so I am thankful I have something sorted.
“I will now work through the whole summer with the aim of getting as fit as I can be when we return for pre-season training. If I can do that, hopefully, I’ll do enough to have the contract extended beyond Christmas.”
Brown was pleased to have another experienced player in the squad for next season and plans to have a look at the Lanark-born midfielder in the upcoming months.
“Marc had a horrible time with injuries last season; he was really unlucky,” said manager Craig Brown.
“He’s a former Scotland U21 International who has played 136 games for Motherwell, including European football so we know he is capable. But with him suffering so badly last year, Archie and I never had an opportunity to get a proper look at him which we will do now.”