Nick Daws is our new head of recruitment operations.
The 51-year-old Englishman has already been hard at work on summer business, as we look to add to the squad ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
“I’m delighted to be on board at Motherwell,” said Daws. “I’ve spent the last five weeks working hard in the role, getting things in place both for this summer and beyond.
“We are going to adopt a modern approach to recruitment. That involves exploring everything that is possibly available to us to take us forward, be it data analytics or the more traditional scouting methods.
“What we need to have options in every available market. You don’t have to have the biggest budget, but you can be smart with it, while ensuring you’re in the market for the best players possible for our club.
“We will make the right decisions, not rushed decisions, and ensure we get the best players we can.
“Beyond this summer, it is key for Motherwell that there is a recruitment structure put in place that leaves a legacy and way of working well beyond my time at the club.
“That will also be a major part of my role, ensuring the right tools and people are in place for continuity and a way of working for the long-term.”
Daws has worked with manager Graham Alexander before, serving as his assistant at Scunthorpe United.
A former professional player, predominantly with Bury where he made 425 appearances, Daws has also worked on the coaching staffs of Rotherham United, Barnsley and Queens Park Rangers.
His last role was with AFC Wimbledon, where he combined the role of head of recruitment with a position as assistant manager.
“I’m delighted to welcome Nick aboard to spearhead our recruitment department,” Motherwell boss Alexander said of the appointment.
“He’s someone I’ve known for the last five years and I respect highly for his vast experience, intelligence and professionalism.
“He’ll embrace and introduce new ideas to how we work, using all the tools the modern game provides.
“It’s important we build a platform that will benefit the club for many years and I know how ambitious Nick is to create that.
“He’ll work closely with everyone and I’m sure he’ll be another positive addition to the excellent team of staff we already have.”