Chalmers desperate for first team action

Joe Chalmers
Joe Chalmers

Joe Chalmers says the lure of first team football was too much to resist as he became Motherwell’s first signing of the summer.

The left-back trained with ’Well in the lead up to the play-off against Rangers following his release from Celtic and did enough to earn a two-year deal.

After making his first team debut in 2012 Chalmers career at Parkhead stalled due to injury and was sent out on loan to Falkirk during the 2013/14 season.

He admits he knew it was time to leave Celtic and was so impressed by ’Well boss Ian Baraclough he was desperate to sign on at Fir Park regardless of what division they ended up in.

Chalmers said: “I found out near the end of the season Celtic were going to release me so I started speaking to clubs and Motherwell showed an interest.

“With them having an extra week’s training due to the play-off the manager brought me in and was happy with what he saw.

“They were waiting to see what division they were going to be, luckily enough they came through the play-off so we sat down and I was delighted to get it sorted out so early.

“It wasn’t a big issue for me what division they were in, but obviously I prefer that they have stayed up as I want to play in the top flight.”

Chalmers is desperate for game time, but is taking nothing for granted with ’Well legend Stevie Hammell still in command of the left-back position.

Chalmers said: “I wouldn’t change my time at Celtic for anything, but I’m 21 now and felt it was the right time to move on as I just want to play first team football.

“I enjoyed my time at Falkirk, the longer I spent there the better I was playing and I was gutted near the end I got injured again and missed the play-offs.

“But I learned a lot there and it gave me a taste for first team football so I’m keen to kick on.

“I’m not coming here just expecting to play, I know how good a player Stevie Hammell is and he showed against Rangers he still has a lot to offer. “Nothing is guaranteed, but if I work hard and do my best hopefully I can force my way into the team.”

Chalmers admits he notices some similarities in the approach of Baraclough and his old gaffer Ronnie Deila.

He said: “The manager has been brilliant, everything has been positive with him, the chats I’ve had with him and other players here have been great.

“The manager has his ideas for how the game should be played, which should suit my game so just seemed a good fit.

“As I was always injured it was difficult to get close to Ronnie, however, from my time spent training with the Celtic first team and the couple of days I had here I’ve noticed quite a few similarities in their approach and ideas so that was another positive.”