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    Bowman: Can’t wait to get started

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    McGhee: We’re up for the battle

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    Belić: I already feel at home

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    Fitness programme free for fans

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    TV: Highlights from Oriam Centre

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    Craigan: We were poor

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    Hibs U20s 3 – 1 Motherwell U20s

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    Hospitality available for Lanarkshire Derby

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    Chalmers added to Scotland U21 squad

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    Bowman signs for the Steelmen

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    Bowman: Can’t wait to get started

    Deadline day signing Ryan Bowman admits he “can’t wait to get started” ahead of Saturday’s trip to face Ross County.

    The Englishman, who completed his move from Gateshead last week, has enjoyed his first few days of training under Mark McGhee and can already see the jump in standards at Motherwell.

    Speaking to the press this morning, the forward said: “It’s been a really good week, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it.

    “The boys look in good shape, nice and sharp and with a high intensity in preparation for Saturday so I’ve really enjoyed it so far.”

    [pullquote]The boys look in good shape, nice and sharp and with a high intensity in preparation for Saturday so I’ve really enjoyed it so far.[/pullquote]

    He added: “No disrespect to Gateshead but it is a better standard, the expectations are higher and I’m really looking forward to Saturday and can’t wait to get started.”

    Enjoying a number of seasons south of the border, the 24-year-old hopes to carry on his goal-scoring form in to his career in the top flight of Scottish football.

    He said: “My highest level was League Two but it didn’t work out there like it did in the Conference where I scored 19-20 goals a season, so I hope I can continue that on in to this season and see where it takes us.”

    Bowman won’t feel completely new among his new team-mates, with last season’s top scorer Louis Moult a familiar face for the deadline day signing.

    [pullquote]I played against Louis Moult when he was at Wrexham in the FA trophy one season and then twice in the league too, and he shone above the rest.[/pullquote]

    He said: “I played against Louis Moult when he was at Wrexham in the FA trophy one season and then twice in the league too, and he shone above the rest and you could tell he was that bit better than the rest.

    He added: “He got his move and he did well here last season so I hope I can do the same.”

    With a long trip north to Dingwall awaiting Ryan this Saturday, the striker insisted he isn’t phased by the trip.

    He said: “The travelling is easy – with Gateshead every away game was an overnight stay away, about 5 or 6 hours travelling, so I’m used to that, it’s fine.”

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    McGhee: We’re up for the battle

    ‘Well boss Mark McGhee now feels he has the squad he needs to compete physically with any team in the league.

    Speaking to the press this morning ahead of his sides trip north to face Ross County, the manager spoke about his business over the summer and looked ahead to Saturday’s important match.

    He said: “The international break came at the right time in terms of getting people fit again and getting people in too.

    “It resolved the Marvin Johnson situation, we got a couple [of players] in, we got Louis Moult back fit and I think in these situations you have to accentuate the positives.

    “Hammell will be fit again and Moulty is ready to start his season – so there’s lots of positives.”

    With the additions of Ryan Bowman and Luka Belić on deadline day, McGhee felt his new signins will significantly boost his options.

    He said: “With the continuing injury to Jacob Blyth, which has been a shame for him and us, I felt that even with Moulty coming back we still needed another striker and we managed to bring in Bowman who we’ve been interested in all summer.

    “He’s different from the others and he gives us a different option so that’s a positive for us.”

    [pullquote]They [Ross County] are aggressive in the right sense so physically we’ll need to match them but now we feel we have the squad that physically we can match anybody.[/pullquote]

    The Fir Parkers boss admitted that the dealings done over the window may allow him to change his system.

    He said: “You have to accommodate the players that you have so it will require us to think a bit differently now that we don’t have Marvin’s pace out on the left – so we will endeavour to find the right combination of players that we have in a system that gets the best out of all of them.”

    He added: “When we went to Ibrox, I’m convinced that if we had Hammell and Moult fit and even if we had Ryan Bowman here, then we would have got something out of that game – there’s no doubt in my mind.

    “Then we drew with 0-0 with Dundee and if we had those three players that we could have called on to make changes then we could have won that game instead of drawing it.”

    Looking at Saturday’s opponents, McGhee said: “We know that they have a fairly standard way of playing – it’s not complicated but they do it well.

    “They get the ball forward, they compete for the ball up-front. They’re good at their set-plays, they’re aggressive in the right sense so physically we’ll need to match them but now we feel we have the squad that physically we can match anybody.”

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    Belić: I already feel at home

    Deadline day signing Luka Belić admits he has settled in quickly after making his loan switch from West Ham.

    Speaking to MFC TV, the Serbian forward spoke about his style of play, his ability to adapt and his ambitions for the season ahead.

    The 20-year-old said: “I feel really good and I already love it here – it’s a nice place, I have nice team-mates.

    “Everybody has accepted me, the doctors, the coaching staff and everyone else.”

    [pullquote]I’ve only been here three days and already it’s been really nice for me – everybody has accepted me really well and I already feel like I’m at home.[/pullquote]

    He added: “I’ve only been here three days and already it’s been really nice for me – everybody has accepted me really well and I already feel like I’m at home.”

    Luka admitted that he had to adjust to the English game when he moved to West Ham from the Serbian top flight, and he knows he’ll have to adjust again to the Ladbrokes Premiership.

    He said: “When I came to England the game was a little bit tougher, a little bit harder and they told me when I come to Scotland it’s going to be even tougher, but I’ll adapt and that’s no problem for me because I play that way.”

    He added: “I’ll be ready for that aspect of the game, but defenders better be ready because I’ll tackle them too and I’ll be ready.”

    [pullquote]I’ll be ready for that aspect of the game, but defenders better be ready because I’ll tackle them too and I’ll be ready.[/pullquote]

    When asked about manager Mark McGhee and assistant James McFadden, Luka admitted that they have made him feel welcome.

    He said: “I’m looking forward to playing under them – they are both lovely people and they’ve fit me in and accepted me like I’m at home so it’s really been a nice couple of days for me.

    “I didn’t think it was going to be so quick and so good – when I came from Serbia to West Ham I had about maybe a month of problems to adjust but now because I’ve already adapted to the language and everything it’s been a lot easier.”

    He added: “I want to establish my place in the team quickly, give everything I’ve got to get a lot of games and fight for my place in the team.”

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    Fitness programme free for fans

    Motherwell Football Club and the Community Trust have partnered up with the SPFL Trust’s Football Fans in Training – allowing fans to get involved with the club and lose weight along the way.

    Targeted for men and women aged 35-65 with a waistline of 38 inches or above, the 12-week programme will provide coaching from professionals, a behind-the-scenes look at the club and encourage a healthier lifestyle.

    What’s better? It’s free!

    As well as enjoying yourself, the main aims of Football Fans in Training (FFIT) are: to increase knowledge of diet & nutrition, improve lifestyle choices, increase physical activity amongst participants, reduce weight and waist measurements and increase engagement in other physical activity.

    MFC Community Trust General Manager Dawn Middleton said: “We’re delighted to be offering Motherwell Fans the opportunity to get fit with their local team. It’s a unique opportunity to adopt a healthier lifestyle, meet fellow fans and have fun.”

    FFIT is supported by Community Trust ambassador and star striker Louis Moult.

    To get involved you can sign up here: spfltrust.org.uk/ffit-enquiry

    To get in touch with the Community Trust, call 01698 239926 or email community@motherwellfc.co.uk

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    TV: Highlights from Oriam Centre

    Highlights from the Oriam Centre in Edinburgh where the Under 20s lost 3-1 to Hibernian.

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    Craigan: We were poor

    Motherwell U20s slumped to a 3-1 defeat away to Hibs in the Development League this afternoon.

    And for manager Stephen Craigan, it was a disappointing showing from his side who have performed at such a high level so far this season.

    Speaking to MFC TV after the full-time whistle, Craigan admitted his frustration with his sides performance.

    He said: “I thought we were really poor and that may be harsh and I don’t like being overly critical of young players because they’re trying to make their way in the game and try to get a pathway of where to go.

    [pullquote]I thought we were really poor and that may be harsh and I don’t like being overly critical of young players.[/pullquote]

    “All round today – decision making on the ball, passing at times, we looked a little lost.”

    He added: “It’s strange because we trained really well on Saturday and really well on Monday and I was really looking forward to the game.

    “We didn’t help ourselves, we gave away poor goals.”

    Played at the Oriam at Heriott-Watt University, the artificial, indoor surface did not play a part in the performance, insisted Craigan.

    He said: “I wouldn’t think the surface would play a part – it’s a wonderful surface to play on.

    [pullquote]We have to keep working, we have to keep preaching what we have been doing over the last 17-18 months and that doesn’t change with one performance.[/pullquote]

    “Hibs don’t train here but they play their home games here so it’s a new surface to them too.”

    Up next for the U20s is Dundee United at home, and the U20s coach knows that the hard work must go on to bounce back to form.

    He said: “We have to keep working, we have to keep preaching what we have been doing over the last 17-18 months and that doesn’t change with one performance.

    “It’s just trying to analyse it and I’ll need to speak with them about how they felt and what went through their minds.

    “But there’s no excuses, we were up against a Hibs side that I thought we were more than capable of beating.”

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    Hibs U20s 3 – 1 Motherwell U20s

    A header from Dylan Mackin wasn’t enough for the U20s as they lost 3-1 away to Hibs earlier today.

    A brace from Hibs midfielder Ruari Paton either side of the break and a long-range effort from Ben Stirling secured all three points for the Hibs youngsters.

    Despite the disappointing result, the game was level at the break and the Steelmen looked to be in control of the match, with Tom Fry in particular dictating play.

    Craigan’s side enjoyed more of the ball but couldn’t make their possession count, as they failed to create too many clear-cut chances in the opening 20 minutes.

    And eventually, they were punished, as Ruari Paton opened the scoring against the run of play.

    Full-back Kane O’Connor put in a cross that didn’t look to be anywhere near the danger area – with PJ Morrison going down to gather it.

    Unfortunately for the youngster, he couldn’t hold it and it ricocheted off of his palms and into the path of Paton who was on hand to poke it into the gaping net.

    But the response was encouraging from the ‘Well, who bounced back both in terms of possession and then eventually, on the scoreline too.

    On the half-hoar mark, Dylan Mackin rose up to head beyond Hibs stopper Patrick Martin from a corner.

    And again, the Steelmen dominated proceedings and limited Hibs opportunities.

    After the break though, it was a different story.

    It took the hosts just 50 seconds to restore their lead, and it was Ruari Paton again.

    Some clever work down the right-hand side got in behind the Motherwell defence and Watson cut it back to Paton from the by-line for another simple finish for the trialist.

    From then on, the ‘Well were hard done by through some questionable decisions – in particular when Luke Watt lofted the ball over the defence looking for substitute Jake Hastie.

    The linesman’s flag halted Hastie from a clear one-on-one opportunity despite the attacker being well onside.

    And eventually, Craigan’s side were punished even more, as Ben Stirling struck a low, hard strike into the bottom corner from outside the box to put the game to bed.

    It was a frustrating day for the U20s, whose unbeaten run in the league came to an end. Next up, they host Dundee United on Tuesday September 13.

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    Hospitality available for Lanarkshire Derby

    Hamilton Accies visit Fir Park on Saturday 17th September and we’ve a fantastic lunch menu available

    It’s a 3pm kick-off for the Lanarkshire Derby, so why not combine an afternoon meal with a competitive Ladbrokes Premiership game  in one of our atmospheric hospitality suites.

    All our keenly priced hospitality packages include a ticket, match programme, team-sheet and half time refreshments.

    You can choose from three packages:

    Centenary Claret: Arrive at our Centenary Suite for 1pm. Full, four course table service with access to a pay bar till kick off and then again for an hour post-match.

     Book now from only £60 for an adult and £45 for a child under 16.

     Centenary AmberArrive at our Centenary Suite for 1pm. Full four course table service with complimentary bar and then again for an hour post-match.

     Book now for £99 for an adult and £55 for a child under 16.

     Millennium TicketEnjoy a lighter bite pre-match and at half-time with a complimentary bar for one-hour pre & post-match.

     Book now for £70 for an adult and £35 for a child under 16.

    Remember, Season Ticket holders can upgrade to hospitality for just £25.

    01698 333333 | hospitality@motherwellfc.co.uk

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    Chalmers added to Scotland U21 squad

    Joe Chalmers has been added to the Scotland U21 squad for Tuesday’s UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifier against Ukraine.

    Ricky Sbragia’s side lost 0-1 to FYR Macedonia on Friday with qualification now looking extremely difficult.

    However, if progression to the Finals is to be achieved, a victory in the Obolon Arena is a necessity.

    Although aged twenty-two, Chalmers is still eligible to play a part in the qualifiers, open to players born in 1994 onwards. And following an injury to Stephen Hendrie, the defender has been drafted in.

    The left back, who has represented Scotland at every age group from U16s to the 21s, was last involved with group back in March 2014 when Billy Stark named his against Hungry at Tannadice. It was his only U21 cap to date.

    Chalmers will join fellow ‘Well player Chris Cadden, who was also added to the squad after injury call-offs, but was an unused substitute at Tynecastle two days ago.

    Everyone at Fir Park wishes both Chris and Joe, along with the rest of the squad, all the very best for the match.

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    Bowman signs for the Steelmen

    Motherwell FC is tonight delighted to announce the signing of Ryan Bowman from Gateshead for an undisclosed fee.

    The 6ft 2in frontman completed his deadline day move after penning a two-year deal with the Fir Parkers.

    The 24-year-old bagged 38 goals in his last two seasons down south – 20 of those last season with National League outfit Gateshead and the remainder with his previous team Torquay.

    The Englishman, who has been a summer-long target for manager Mark McGhee, travelled up to Fir Park late tonight to complete his medical and pen a two-year deal.

    Speaking to MFC TV, the 6ft 2in forward explained that he thought today would be quiet before the call came in.

    The 24-year-old said: “It’s relief really – I spoke to Mark McGhee a couple of times over the off-season and then it went a bit cold so I didn’t think anything more of it.

    “It all happened this evening at 5 o’clock, I heard the bid had been put in and agreed with Gateshead and I’m just delighted it’s done.”

    [pullquote]It’s a different league and a different competition so it’s a challenge but I’m just excited to get going.[/pullquote]

    The deal for Bowman was able to be pushed through following the sale of Marvin Johnson – with the latters departure only being finalised this evening.

    Bowman said: “I didn’t think anything was going to happen today – me and my agent were laughing before saying we’ll be having a chilled day watching the TV.

    “Then a couple of clubs came in before Motherwell and I was just rushed off my feet from 5 o’clock onwards.”

    But the goal-scorer felt Motherwell was the best choice for him.

    He said: “It’s a different league and a different competition so it’s a challenge but I’m just excited to get going.”

    The forward brings strength, pace and a source of goals to the Steelmen, and Mark McGhee admits that he was desperate to bring in the attacker for a while.

    [pullquote] Needless to say I’m delighted we’ve managed to secure his signature and I look forward to working with him – he’s a very welcome addition.[/pullquote]

    He said: “With the arrival of Ryan it allows us to set up in a 4-3-3 formation, which has brought great success in the past, particularly last season.

    “We’ve tracked him for some time now but  today’s developments have allowed us to go and get him. He’s been top scorer for his clubs over the last two seasons, he’s big, powerful, good in the air and runs in behind.

    “Needless to say I’m delighted we’ve managed to secure his signature and I look forward to working with him – he’s a very welcome addition.”