’Well getting back to work

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Motherwell returned for pre-season training on Thursday exactly five weeks before their season gets underway in the Europa League qualifiers.

With a number of big names having moved on during the summer it was a depleted squad who were put through their paces by Stuart McCall and his assistant Kenny Black.

Also conspicuous by his absence was James McFadden who is still on holiday as he decides whether his future lies at Fir Park or elsewhere.

In addition McCall has now admitted defeat in his attempts to get Tom Hateley and last season’s top scorer Michael Higdon to stay.

Joining their new team mates were former Ross County duo Paul Lawson and Iain Vigurs who were publicly unveiled at Fir Park before heading to a wet Dalziel Park for their first session as Motherwell players.

Paul said: “I got married over the summer so it was stressful, but it’s good to be back and I’m excited to get started.

“It was massive to get my future sorted out quickly, since I left Celtic I have made a step up each season , this is another one and I look forward to the challenge.”

McCall added: “We’re delighted to be back, as players and manager it’s always good to have a break but you look forward to returning.

“It was a bit cloudy, a bit overcast, but perfect conditions for the lads to get stuck in.

“Long gone are the days of having eight or nine weeks off and coming back a stone overweight so there are no long runs to get back in shape meaning the lads can enjoy it more.”

’Well head to Spain on Tuesday for a four day training camp and have organised friendlies at home to Newcastle United on Tuesday, July 16, and away to Morecambe on Saturday, July 20.