Lee Hollis is delighted to be preparing for the new season but regrets that a host of his former teammates are on the scrapheap.
The 24-year-old was part of the Airdrie squad that was completely culled following their relegation to the third tier of Scottish Football last May.
Hollis got lucky, his former mentor and current goalkeeping coach Stewart Kerr, remembered him and was quick to offer him the chance to shine across the county.
And whilst the Bellshill-born stopper is thrilled to still be in the game, he can’t help but feel for her some of his friends still seeking employment.
“It was a relief to get my future sorted but a few of my mates from Airdrie haven’t got a club yet,” he said.
“I am in touch with a lot of the boys; I text some of the young lads on a daily basis so obviously I feel sorry for the ones in that situation. A lot of us have only known football so trying to get a job can be a daunting task.
“Hopefully they will get something. You do think what you would do outside the game and I’ve done a bit of personal training which I quite enjoy. It was a difficult time at Airdrie, sad really, but that is the way it goes. I don’t know if anyone saw it coming.
“There were one or two issues through the season but our wages were always paid. It is hard to run a football club in the current climate. There is not a lot of money about so you can’t blame them. I would have left regardless of what happened.
“There were a few options open to me, mostly in Scotland, but I just kept myself ticking over and this opportunity came up. I’m happy I’m here.
“I knew a few months before the end of the season that I wanted to go. It wasn’t so much to do with the cuts. I was at Airdrie for seven years so it was time for a change. I didn’t play as much as I had hoped because of the magnificent form of Stephen Robertson.
“I got to play in a few big games towards the end of the season. And although we lost in the play-offs I thought I did okay.
“Motherwell appealed to me because they are a big club who do well in the SPL.
“They also have Stewart Kerr whom I worked with a few years ago at Airdrie. That was a factor too. He is spot on, a great coach. I look forward to working with him again.
“When he came to the club it was in the back of my mind he might put a word in for me but nothing is certain so I was expecting anything.”
The goalkeeping situation is one of the healthiest at the club. Along with fellow recruit Darren Randolph, Michael Fraser is still at the club and the Under 19’s have three keepers in Tom Bradley, Shaun Thomson and Willie Muir.
Hollis is prepared to fight for his place and admitted he is desperate to be involved in the European arena – with Well set to face Icelandic side Breidablik in the Europa League.
Hollis said: “My goal now is just to work as hard as I can and hopefully get a chance to really go for it.
“Before the league even starts we have Europe and that is a real bonus. I have never been involved there before so that will be new.
“I have been to European games. I was on trial at Livingston a few years ago when they played FC Vaduz and when I was a young boy I went to games at Ibrox – AEK Athens sticks out.
“I saw bits and pieces of Ruddy last season and he is a great goalkeeper. But I will just work as hard as I can and see where it takes me.
“I hope the pressure I experienced in the play-off games with Airdrie can help me at Motherwell.”