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Tim Clancy joins Motherwell from Kilmarnock

28 August 2011 2,353 views No Comment Written by Ronan

27 year old Irish defender Tim Clancy has joined Motherwell from fellow SPL side Kilmarnock, signing on a free transfer.

Kilmarnock manager Stuart McCall was impressed with Clancy’s ability to play across the back four, and has signed the Meathman as a replacement for Steven Saunders, who was ruled out for six months after picking up an Achilles injury on international duty with Scotland under-21s last week.

“After Steven Saunders’ injury, it was important we indentified a player who was versatile,” said McCall. “Not only can Tim play at centre-back, but he is as equally comfortable at both left and right back. He’s a really good signing, experienced at SPL and has a great attitude. Anyone who I have spoken to about him always come back with positive feedback. He’s mentally strong, a steely character and I am absolutely sure he’ll be a good addition to the dressing-room. Tim’s a typical utility man. That’s what clubs of our size need. In Tim we’ve got a really good pro, a solid player and I’m delighted to have him on board.”

His former manager Kenny Shiels also faced injury problems, but saw Clancy as more of a full-back and decided to let him leave. “Tim’s a victim of being good in quite a few positions, but at centre-back it took a bit from his game,” Shiels told BBC Scotland. “Over a short-term situation, Tim could have done that. But, to do it week in, week out, I don’t think it would have been fair on Tim either. So we had to move and bring in a natural centre-back.”

Regardless of where he plays, Clancy is happy to have joined Motherwell. “It’s all happened so quickly, but I am really pleased to be here,” said Clancy. “I enjoyed my time at Kilmarnock, I’ve made lots of friends and have some great memories. But, for whatever reason, I wasn’t going to get an opportunity there, so it was time to move on. It’s great to get a move to a club like Motherwell.”

The former Republic of Ireland under-19 international started his career at Millwall after impressing for Trim Celtic and Belvedere in Ireland, but failed to make a league appearance at the Den. He spent time on loan at Weymouth before joining Kilmarnock in 2007. Clancy played 65 league games for Killie, and made his debut for his new club on Saturday against Dunfermline.

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