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    Lasley: It’s been a great week

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    Carl McHugh: Sit down with the skipper

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    Hearts fixtures switched

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    Hinchliffe joins the coaching staff

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    Fisher: An easy transition

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    Steelmen kick off against Rangers

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    Gallery: Pre-season training

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    Barrow AFC friendly announced

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    Robinson: Impressed by Lasley’s desire

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    Youngsters pen professional deals

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    Lasley: It’s been a great week

    Assistant manager Keith Lasley catches up with MFC TV after a busy first week in his new role.

    Stephen Robinson’s number two discusses the transition in to coaching and the positive pre-season preparations at Carton House, Co. Kildare.

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    Carl McHugh: Sit down with the skipper

    New skipper Carl McHugh sat down to chat with MFC TV’s Lewis Irons at ‘Well’s pre-season base at the Carton House Hotel.

    The Irishman speaks of his pride to be given the armband, his aspirations for the coming season and one of the best singers he’s met in football – Gaël Bigirimana!

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    Hearts fixtures switched

    Motherwell’s fixture with Hearts, scheduled to take place at Tynecastle on Saturday 26th August, will now be played at Fir Park.

    As a result, the proposed second fixture, scheduled for Saturday 9th December at Fir Park, will now take place at Tynecastle.

    The club agreed this after a request by Heart of Midlothian was made due to stadium redevelopment work currently ongoing at Tynecastle.

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    Hinchliffe joins the coaching staff

    Motherwell FC has today appointed Craig Hinchliffe as goalkeeping coach, replacing the departed Marlon Beresford.

    Hinchliffe, 45, has previous coaching experience with Partick Thistle, Dundee Utd and most recently at York City, that coming after a playing career that spanned over two decades.

    He takes up the post vacated at the weekend by Marlon Beresford, who was headhunted for a goalkeeping coach role in the Middle East.

    Hinchliffe will start straight away and has already travelled to Ireland with the squad for a week’s training at Carton House, working directly with Trevor Carson and Russell Griffiths.

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson said: “The timing wasn’t great and it was imperative our pre-season plans were not interrupted in any way, which is why we’ve brought Craig in.

    “Marlon was great around the club and we didn’t want him to go, but the opportunity he has is quite literally life-changing, so he moves on with our best wishes for the future.

    “Craig is someone who has come highly recommended to us. He has the highest goalkeeping qualification you can achieve; he has coached at some good clubs and with some really good managers and knows the Scottish game inside out. I am delighted he’s joining our set-up.”

    [pullquote]Motherwell has an excellent reputation within the game and I am excited at the prospect of working with Trevor, Russell and the young goalkeepers we have here too.[/pullquote]

    Beresford himself said: “I’ve loved my short time at Motherwell and have been so impressed with how the club is run, the set-up and the people around Fir Park, who are all first class.

    “I am leaving with an extremely heavy heart, but I was presented with something completely out the blue last week and it was just too good to turn down for my family and I.

    “I want to wish everyone at Motherwell all the very best of luck for the future.”

    And the incoming Hinchliffe added: “I am delighted to be back in the game and teaming up with Stephen Robinson and the staff here at Fir Park.

    “Motherwell has an excellent reputation within the game and I am excited at the prospect of working with Trevor, Russell and the young goalkeepers we have here too.

    “It’s my job to improve and mentor the goalkeepers at the club, and that’s my ultimate focus. I’m looking forward to getting started.”

    Everyone at Motherwell FC would like to thank Marlon for his short time at Fir Park and wish him every success in his future career.

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    Fisher: An easy transition

    Summer signing Alex Fisher spoke to the broadcast press for the first time since his arrival from Inverness CT.

    And the 6ft 3in front man admitted he has found the move from the Highland outfit to the Fir Parkers an “easy transition”.

    The English forward believes that the squad will be in shape in no time as the work to get up to match fitness gets underway.

    Fisher said: “I came up a couple of days before pre-season, just to get used to the area and find an apartment and get settled in.

    “The first day back was just standard fitness testing and everything you’d expect at this time of year and it looks like there’s more of this to come.”

    [pullquote]I didn’t know too much about the Motherwell team before but it’s been a really easy transition and they’ve made me feel very welcome.[/pullquote]

    “It’s only been three-and-a-half or four weeks since the last game of the season so you like to have a bit of down time but you get kick started again pretty soon.”

    He added: “We’re all in relatively good shape and we have different bodies so it takes different amounts of time to get used to getting up to speed but as long as we’re all ready to go come the 15th of July that’s the ultimate aim.

    “It’s quite a small league so you cross paths with a lot of the same players a lot.

    “I didn’t know too much about the Motherwell team before but it’s been a really easy transition and they’ve made me feel very welcome.”

    Alex’s first press conference as a Steelman can be viewed exclusively on MFC TV’s YouTube channel.

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    Steelmen kick off against Rangers

    Motherwell FC will face Rangers at Fir Park in the opening game of the 2017/18 season.

    The Steelmen will then take on St Johnstone (a), Ross County (h) and Hearts (a).

    The first Lanarkshire derby is at New Douglas Park on October 14th and Stephen Robinson’s men face St Johnstone in the last match before the split next April.

    >> Fixture List in full

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    Gallery: Pre-season training

    Images from Dalziel Park as the first team and Under 20s return to training.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix

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    Barrow AFC friendly announced

    Motherwell’s final pre-season fixture before the Betfred Cup will be an away trip face Vanarama National side Barrow AFC.

    The Steelmen will take on the Bluebirds on Tuesday 11th July (6.30pm) at the Furness Building Society Stadium (Holker Street).

    The game will be the final preparation match before the Betfred Cup opener against Queen’s Park at Hampden on Saturday 15th July.

    Pre-Season Schedule

    Saturday 1st July 2017: vs Stirling Albion (a) – 3pm KO
    Tuesday 4th July 2017: vs Livingston (a) – 7.45pm KO
    Saturday 8th July 2017: vs Gateshead (a) – 12 noon KO
    Tuesday 11th July 2017: vs Barrow AFC (a) – 6.30pm KO

    Confirmed admission information for all four matches will be published soon.

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    Robinson: Impressed by Lasley’s desire

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson spoke to the broadcast press this morning following the appointment of his assistant Keith Lasley.

    And as the Steelmen return for pre-season training, the Fir Park boss sat down to look ahead to the new campaign which is just around the corner.

    The Northern Irishman revealed the decision to appoint club legend Lasley as his number two as he makes the transition in to coaching.
    Robinson said: “I sat down and spoke to Keith when he came back from his holiday and he still had a playing contract.

    [pullquote]My insistence was that he had to give up playing, I didn’t want someone in a dual job, I wanted someone who was very much dedicated to taking the club forwards coaching-wise and Keith bought in to that fully.[/pullquote]

    “Financially, being an assistant manager is nowhere near as viable as it is being a footballer – but what impressed me most was his desire and commitment to take the next step.”

    He added: “My insistence was that he had to give up playing, I didn’t want someone in a dual job, I wanted someone who was very much dedicated to taking the club forwards coaching-wise and Keith bought in to that fully.”

    You can watch Stephen Robinson’s full press conference on MFC TV’s YouTube channel.

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    Youngsters pen professional deals

    Motherwell FC is today delighted to confirm the promotion of Jamie Semple and Kyle MacDonald from the Elite Academy.

    Sixteen-year olds Semple and MacDonald have turned pro after years of tutorship at Scott Leitch’s Academy and will now form part of Stephen Craigan’s Under 20s.

    Both are more than familiar with the group though, having already played on numerous occasions. Indeed, Semple made his Development League debut against Dundee Utd aged just fourteen.

    MacDonald is a hard-working midfield player who has shown great determination to make the step up. He shone at a recent Under 20s match against Rangers at Ibrox and has made the progression to continue his fine rise in recent years.

    After signing his first professional deal, Kyle said: “As soon as I found out I was being offered a contract I was over the moon.

    “I hadn’t planned for anything else, I was fully committed to this and trying to prove myself at Motherwell and I’m just so happy now, I’ve been here since I was 8-years-old so it’s a dream come true to be honest.”

    [pullquote]This is where the hard work starts and this is where the two of them need to show they’re ready to make the next, and hardest, step in their careers so far[/pullquote]

    Scotland Youth International Semple is a forward who can also play on the flanks. He has been on the radar of a number of clubs on both sides of the border and abroad, but made a commitment to ‘Well and has seen it through by signing on professional terms.

    And the youngster said: “It’s brilliant, especially when you’re coming in and seeing the first-team players and some of them have done a lot in the game.

    “You also see boys in the under-20s being pushed up in to the first team so you can see the pathway, what’s in front of you and what you need to do to get to that next level.”

    Under-20s boss Stephen Craigan admitted that the two teenagers are ready to make the next step in their careers, but the Northern Irishman firmly believes the hard work is just getting started for the duo.

    He said: “First of all I’d like to congratulate Kyle and Jamie, this is an exciting step for a young footballer and I know they’ll be eagerly awaiting the fixtures rolling round soon.

    “However, this is where the hard work starts and this is where the two of them need to show they’re ready to make the next, and hardest, step in their careers so far.”

    He added: “We’ve seen a number of boys progress through the ranks in recent years and this is yet another example of the Motherwell Football Club model, one that can ensure these boys become the best they can be if they put in the work – I wish them all the best and look forward to the season ahead.”