Motherwell FC is today delighted to announce the signing of central defender Peter Hartley on a one-year loan deal from Blackpool.
The 29-year-old arrives in Lanarkshire following stints at clubs like Bristol Rovers, Plymouth Argyle, Sunderland and, most recently at the Seasiders.
The Englishman offers experience at the back and is a real threat going forward too, as he showcased for the Pirates last season, netting six goals in 25 appearances.
Hartley made his senior debut in 2006, aged 18, when he signed his first professional contract with the Black Cats.
A loan spell with Chesterfield in 2008 was followed by a move to Hartlepool where Hartley scored his first professional goal in a 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers.
He followed that up with his second goal just six-weeks later as the Pools kept a clean-sheet and won 3-0 against Millwall.
[pullquote]I’m delighted, obviously I know two or three of the boys here and when the gaffer rang me with the opportunity to come here I was straight here, literally.[/pullquote]
Hartley was courted by the club back in 2015 and again earlier this summer, but it’s third time lucky on Deadline Day 2017.
The defender will wear the number 6 shirt recently vacated by Stephen McManus, and chatting to MFC TV he said: “I’m delighted; I know two or three of the boys here and when the gaffer rang me with the opportunity to come up I was straight here, literally.
“I spoke to the manager three or four times throughout the summer and it didn’t work out so I chose to go to Blackpool and then the opportunity came up again to come to Motherwell on deadline day so I took it with both hands.”
Stephen Robinson added: “We tried to bring Peter in earlier in the summer so we’re absolutely delighted that we’ve managed to bring him in on a season-long loan.
“Peter is an experienced defender who has played at a high level in England so is a coup for us. He’s someone who will coach and organise our defensive line, and provides a huge threat in the opposition box at set pieces.
“I’m happy with the shape of the squad now – we’ve revamped things this summer and we’ve brought in some really promising young players and now with Peter we have got that crucial experience at the back.”