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  • First team

    Robinson senses feel good factor

  • Women

    Ladies snap up Kerry Montgomery

  • First team

    Team get to work in Tenerife

  • First team

    Çiftçi: I want another cup final

  • First team

    Nadir Çiftçi joins Motherwell on loan

  • Women

    Ladies team make first three signings

  • Club

    Steven Hammell retiring to become Academy Director

  • First team

    Reaction to Steven Hammell’s retirement

  • Club

    Hammell: I hope I gave club my all

  • First team

    Main: I want to hit the ground running

  • First team

    Robinson senses feel good factor

    Stephen Robinson is well aware of what a week away can do for his team.

    During the summer, the ‘Well boss took his side to Ireland to prepare for the campaign ahead, allowing a whole host of new faces to settle in the process.

    The results were evident. The Steelmen stormed to the Betfred Cup final and enjoyed one of their strongest starts to a league campaign in recent years.

    However, injuries hit and results tailed off towards the end of the calendar year.

    Now, there is a need for recuperation, as well as a further injection of energy and drive.

    Armed with two new recruits, Robinson’s side are under-going warm-weather training in Tenerife, and the manager is encouraged by what he has seen so far.

    “It’s been good,” the Northern Irishman said. “In comparison to what we would have had in Motherwell, it’s been very good.

    [pullquote]”I think we needed it, we did the same before the start of the season when we went to Dublin and I’m getting the same feel good factor coming back again.[/pullquote]

    “The boys are training at a high intensity, working really hard again and getting back to what we’re very good at.”

    It’s not all fun and games for the Fir Parkers, as Robinson himself insisted.

    “I think the perception is that sometimes you come to a warm weather climate and you take it easy, well we’ve done the opposite.

    [pullquote]We’re having double sessions, we’re in the gym, we’ve got super facilities and you can do a lot of coaching out here.[/pullquote]

    “We gave the boys a few days off after the Hamilton game and we’re back on it again. We’re having double sessions, we’re in the gym, we’ve got super facilities and you can do a lot of coaching out here.”

    There is more to it than hard work too, as the trip offers the squad some all-important time for team building.

    “Obviously you get to know each other and the boys are all together all the time,” the manager said, “they eat together, they train together and they mix together.”

    Two players who will benefit in particular from the close-knit working environment is Nadir Çiftçi and Curtis Main.

    And for Robinson, the two new recruits have settled in well.

    “We lost Louis and it was paramount that we had to bring people in.

    “I felt that we had to bring a couple of people in and the reality is that we’ve brought boys in with top ability.

    [pullquote]We’ve brought both of those boys in, I’m confident they’ll do well and it’s up to me to get the best out of them.[/pullquote]

    “Nadir has went for over a million pounds and we know that his last couple of seasons haven’t been what his ability should be.

    “But Motherwell don’t sign players if they’re worth a million pounds and at the top of their game, what I need to do is get him back to his best.

    “He’s a boy who’s bought in to what we’re trying to do, he’s got undoubted talent, and we just have to make sure we get him in and back fit and ready to go again.”

    “With Curtis, if he’d played 30 games for Portsmouth and scored 20 goals, we don’t get anywhere near him.

    “What we’ve brought in is the potential for him to go on and do that and I firmly believe that is the case – he’s a strong boy and holds the ball up well and I firmly believe he’ll get us goals.

    “We’ve brought both of those boys in, I’m confident they’ll do well and it’s up to me to get the best out of them.”

  • Women

    Ladies snap up Kerry Montgomery

    Motherwell Ladies are delighted to confirm the signing of Northern Ireland international Kerry Montgomery.

    The 29-year-old midfielder, who has won eight caps for her country, joins ‘Well from SWPL1 side Celtic.

    Montgomery has previously worked with boss Eddie Wolecki Black at Glasgow City, where she signed in 2015 having just won the Scottish Women’s Premier League’s player of the year with Spartans.

    Kerry’s signing is the fourth new recruit of pre season, following the announcements of goalkeeper Claire Johnstone and defenders Emma Black and Ashley Nicolson.

    [pullquote]The club has real ambitions to be the very best it can be within the woman’s game and I want to help play a part in that.”[/pullquote]

    Speaking of her arrival, Kerry said: “I am delighted to sign for Motherwell and I am really looking forward to the new season.

    “The main attraction of Motherwell was Eddie given I’ve worked with him before and owe him everything. But in addition to that, the club has real ambitions to be the very best it can be within the woman’s game and I want to help play a part in that.”

    Wolecki Black added: “Kerry’s arrival is a massive statement of intent about where we want to go. She had suitors amongst several top league clubs, but when we explained our long-term vision and what we hope to achieve, she chose Motherwell.

    “She’ll bring energy, enthusiasm, commitment and determination to our midfield and not only that, she’ll chip in with goals. She was critical to my plans and I am obviously delighted to have got the deal confirmed.”

  • First team

    Team get to work in Tenerife

    Motherwell players and staff arrived in Tenerife late in the afternoon on Tuesday, and immediately got to work during their mid-season break.

    The trip to Canary Islands will give the team a chance to train in consistent conditions, and in better weather, as they gear up the second half of the Ladbrokes Premiership season.

    The coaching staff put the players through their paces with some light training on Tuesday night, before a planned double session on Wednesday.

    | Day one in Tenerife and the team are already being put through their paces.

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    Stephen Robinson’s side, who have now been joined on the trip by new loan signing Nadir Çiftçi, will train in Tenerife until Saturday.

    You can follow more from the team throughout the week across Motherwell FC’s various digital media channels.

    As well as updates and interviews here on the website, you can also get more behind-the-scenes access by following us on Instagram.


  • First team

    Çiftçi: I want another cup final

    Nadir Çiftçi has set himself the target of being the man to take Motherwell on another memorable cup run.

    The Turkish forward has signed on loan from Celtic for the remainder of the 2017/18 campaign, boosting a squad which has already reached the Betfred Cup final this term.

    Having made it to the Scottish Cup final during his successful spell with Dundee United, Çiftçi wants the same from his time at Fir Park.

    “I watched the final and hopefully I can get us to another final,” he said. “Outside of that, I want to achieve what we can as a team, try to play as many games as I can and bring as much as I can to the club and the fans.

    [pullquote]My first impressions have been really good. It feels like home already. It gives me a good feeling already.[/pullquote]

    “I obviously know the league and the teams. I’ve played a lot of times against Motherwell as well so it will be a good place to kick on. Hopefully I can get going again.”

    Çiftçi was a prolific scorer during his two years with Dundee United, before moving to Celtic in the summer of 2015.

    Loan spells in Turkey, Poland and latterly in England with Plymouth Argyle proved challenging experiences for the 25-year-old but he says it has made him stronger.

    “It’s been difficult. A bit hard. But a great lesson at the same time as well.

    “You can look at it in a bad way but you can’t just hang about and think everything that goes against you is bad. Just take it on your chest and take it as a lesson.

    “I’ve learned a lot in those two years. I went back to Turkey for half a season and played and really enjoyed it. But then I started getting a bit lost. But I learned a lot in this period by trying to stay strong, staying focused and when the opportunity comes, take it again. Hopefully it will be here.”

  • First team

    Nadir Çiftçi joins Motherwell on loan

    Motherwell Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Nadir Çiftçi on loan from Celtic.

    The forward, who spent the first half of the season down south with Plymouth Argyle, has moved to Fir Park until the end of the campaign.

    The 25-year-old is well known for his two-year spell with Dundee United from 2013 until 2015, in which he scored 33 goals across 71 starts.

    “My first impressions have been really good,” he said on his arrival at Motherwell. “It feels like home. It gives me a good feeling already.

    [pullquote]I obviously know the league and the teams. I’ve played a lot of times against Motherwell as well so it will be a good place to kick on.[/pullquote]

    The signing of Çiftçi, who will wear shirt number 23, is third time lucky for the Steelmen, having came close to securing his signature on two previous occasions.

    “Last January it was in the last minutes of the transfer window and it just didn’t go through because of paperwork. Then in the summer, it was a bit different as well.

    “Now it is the third time and when the chance came, I just grabbed it and now I am here thankfully.”

    The Turkish-born forward started his career in England with Portsmouth, before spells in Turkey with Kayserispor and in the Netherlands with NAC Breda.

    His move to Dundee United followed in July 2013 and he immediately hit the ground running, scoring 17 goals in his first season and 16 the following campaign.

    His form attracted the attention of Celtic, who paid to take him to Glasgow in the summer of 2015.

    Despite finding opportunities hard to come by, he still managed to net four times in 12 league appearances before a succession of loan spells with Eskisehirspor, Polish side Pogon Szczecin and Plymouth.

    The arrival of Çiftçi is Motherwell’s second of the January transfer window, following the permanent signing of striker Curtis Main from Portsmouth.

    “I’m delighted to have got Nadir here until the end of season,” manager Stephen Robinson said of the capture of Çiftçi. “He will provide us something different up front and he is a player of real pedigree.

    “He is a player with a proven track record of scoring goals in the Scottish top flight and we’re pleased to have got him here.”

  • Women

    Ladies team make first three signings

    Motherwell Ladies have made their first three new signings ahead of the 2018 season.

    Two former Scotland internationals joined Eddie Wolecki Black’s side as they met up for their first training session at Fir Park on Friday night.

    The first is Emma Black, who has spent her entire career to date at Glasgow City, starting out as a striker before reverting to centre defence.

    Black returns after a short spell out of the game, having amassed 40 Scotland caps during his career and being City’s first ever European goal scorer, netting in the UEFA Women’s Champions League against Athletic Bilbao.

    Goalkeeper Claire Johnstone is the team’s second signing.

    She started her career at Kilmarnock before spells in Iceland and at Celtic, Glasgow City and Rangers. The 35-year-old also represented Scotland for eight years.

    The third signing is defender Ashley Nicolson, who joins from Spartans. An established player in the Scottish Women’s Premier League for the last few years, she has also had spells at Hearts and Rangers.

    “We have brought in three very experienced players in Ashley, Emma and Claire,” Manager Eddie Wolecki Black said of the signings.

    “We will be looking to add more to the squad in the coming weeks. We have built a strong squad so far ahead of the new season.”

    Motherwell Ladies start their SWPL2 season in February. Fixture details will be announced in due course.

  • Club

    Steven Hammell retiring to become Academy Director

    Steven Hammell is to retire from professional football to become Motherwell Football Club’s new Academy Director.

    The 35-year-old will take on the important role as the club embarks upon its involvement in the Scottish FA’s new Project Brave youth development programme.

    Having played 582 games in claret and amber, Hammell is Motherwell’s record post-war appearance holder.

    The club legend will see out January as a player before officially taking up his new post at the start of February.

    “It’s been almost 20 years to the day that I joined here straight out of school,” he said. “Between then and now, there have been a lot of good memories made that I will take with me for the rest of my life.

    [pullquote]It’s been a real highlight playing so many times for this club, the club I love.[/pullquote]

    Hammell started his professional career at Fir Park in January 1998, he made his debut in 2000, starting in a Scottish Premier League match against Aberdeen.

    He won full international recognition back in 2004, when the late Tommy Burns capped him in a friendly match against Sweden at Easter Road.

    In 2006, he departed for a short spell in England with Southend United, spending 18 months south of the border before returning to Motherwell in January 2008.

    Hammell was rewarded for his service with a testimonial against Everton in 2012.

    “Steven Hammell has been a great servant and model professional for the club over the years,” Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson said of his decision.

    “We are glad he is staying on at the club in his new role. The job of bringing young players through here is crucial for our ongoing success.”

    Motherwell were recently named among the eight clubs chosen by the Scottish FA to head up the Elite level of its new Project Brave initiative.

    Chief Operating Officer Alan Burrows added: “When the board sat to discuss who the new Academy Director would be, one name shone above all the others.

    “Not only has Steven been a terrific player for this club, more importantly, we feel he is exactly what we require for the post. He is an extremely popular and respected figure at the academy, where he has worked for several years.

    “He is not only qualified to do the role, but his experience working with younger players and coaches can be an inspiration for any youth player at Motherwell, given he himself came through our ranks to break records.

    “We are delighted to be working with him and look forward to see some of his exciting and positive plans bearing fruit over the next few years.”

  • First team

    Reaction to Steven Hammell’s retirement

    Motherwell players, staff and former players have paid tribute to Steven Hammell, who is to retire from professional football to become Motherwell’s new Academy Director.

    The legendary defender will be available for selection until the end of January, before taking up his new post.

    Richard Tait: “Congratulations Hammy on a terrific career and service to Motherwell FC. Just want to wish you all the best in the new role. In my opinion no better man for the job. Delighted for you. Great times ahead for the next generation of footballers at Motherwell under your guidance.”

    Trevor Carson: “It’s been a pleasure. A class act on the pitch and a gentleman off it. Good luck in your new role, you will smash it mate.”

    Ryan Bowman: “All the best Stevie. It’s been a pleasure working with you on and off the pitch. Some career you’ve had, what a guy!”

    Allan Campbell: “Been a pleasure Stevie Hammell. What a player and role model for young players! Wish you all the best in your new role at the club.”

    Keith Lasley: “Teammate, friend, legend.”


  • Club

    Hammell: I hope I gave club my all

    As ‘Well legend Stevie Hammell prepares to hang up his boots, the defender is looking ahead to the next chapter in his football career.

    Nearly 20 years in claret and amber have seen Hammell become the club’s post-war record appearance holder, pulling on the shirt 582 times.

    And it’s a career that the 35-year-old looks back on with undoubted pride.

    “It’s been almost 20 years to the day that I joined here,” he said. “I came straight out of school and between then and now there’s been a lot of good memories made that I’ll take with me for the rest of my life.

    “Playing so many times for this club, a club that I love, and playing in so many European games as well as for the national team are some real highlights. I’ve made so many lifelong friends in staff members and team-mates.”

    Whilst there is a element of pride and excitement for the next chapter of the experienced defender’s career, there is also a slight air of sadness to draw the curtain on such his remarkable playing days.

    “I think as a young boy and when you start getting older and hit 30, then that magic 35 number comes your way, you want to be remembered. When you stop playing and hang the boots up, you want to be remembered fondly.

    “It would be nice to be remembered as a player who gave his all whenever given his chance. The fans have been magnificent to me, there’s no denying that, I just hope I’ve repaid them by giving my all when I had the strip on.”

    The transition may have come slightly earlier than he had planned, but Hammell admits he has been preparing for life after playing, and that this opportunity is one he will relish.

    He said: “This is something I’ve prepared for for a number of years – it’s not just something that has fallen on my lap. I’m hugely honoured to have been sought out to do the job, but it’s something I’ve also prepared for.

    “Over the last ten years I’ve done nearly every coaching badge or course – I’ve been to everything. It may have come a little earlier than I expected but it’s something I’ve got real confidence I can do well at.”

  • First team

    Main: I want to hit the ground running

    Curtis Main has set himself the target of being the man to fire Motherwell back up the Scottish Premiership table.

    The striker signed on at Fir Park on Wednesday after leaving Portsmouth, teaming up with long-term admirer Stephen Robinson to become the first signing of the 2018 January window.

    “I would like to come in and hit the ground running,” the Englishman said on his arrival. “Get stuck in and help get the team back up the league.

    “There were a few options but I felt this challenge, coming up here and testing myself in a new environment, is something that really appealed to me.

    [pullquote]Hopefully I can help the team get back to the form they were showing earlier in the season and try and climb as high as possible in the league.[/pullquote]

    Asked what fans can expect from him, Main added: “Hopefully lots of goals. I’m energetic, pace and power. Very direct. I can’t wait to get stuck in.”

    Manager Robinson wasted no time in snapping up Main when his availability became known and the 25-year-old says that enthusiasm helped sell him on the switch to Scotland.

    “As a player, it is all you want to hear,” he said. “That the manager backs you and believes in what you can do and your abilities.

    “He’s obviously demonstrated that by bringing me to the club. Hopefully I can repay his belief in me.”

    Main will be available to make his debut in the Scottish Cup tie with Hamilton Academical on Saturday, January 20. Buy your ticket today to welcome him to our club.