Euan aims to star in Western role

Euan Murray (right) in action for Western
Euan Murray (right) in action for Western

A former Motherwell player is lining up for a crack at the Champions League after becoming the first Scottish pro to play in the Solomon Islands.

Euan Murray has signed for Western United who have just won the national Telekom League and are in the final of the national cup competition.

Their title success has put Western into the Oceania Champions League and Euan has been signed to play in the competition in Fiji next month.

Euan (21) is originally from Bothwell and a former pupil of Uddingston Grammar School which he attended with fellow Motherwell players Stewart Carswell and Craig Moore.

He signed for ’Well as a 10-year-old and was with them for 10 years, coming through the ranks to make his first-team debut as a substitute against Dundee United in November 2013.

He made two more first team appearances, including his first start in a 3-3 draw against Hibernian at Easter Road, before being released at the end of the season when his contract ran out.

This season he played once for Arbroath and made five appearances for Clyde - scoring in a 3-0 win at Montrose in November - before heading to a group of islands north-east of Australia.

His father Ian explained: “When his contract ended in May 2014 things went badly wrong for him.

“As a result of failed negotiations and numerous teams not following up interest he ended up unemployed and out of the game until September when Barry Ferguson signed him for Clyde after he went there for one training session.

“Due to his financial state he had to take on work as a barman in a pub/ restaurant near where we live to give him some money.

“But in January he got a message out of the blue from a scout who had tried to get him to sign for Arbroath last summer.

“The scout immediately said he could get him fixed up and as good as his word came up with two or three possibilities.

“Out of left field he suggested Western United. Euan was intrigued by this and the potential offer. Within 24 hours of the initial contact with the scout he was on a plane heading to the Pacific region.

“He, and another player Rash Ahmed from England, became the first British players to sign and play in the Solomon Islands.

“Their signing has created a big stir there and both of them have even been guests of the British High Commissioner to the country.”

Ian did have a few anxious moments last week when a a cyclone hit the region.

But while neighbouring Vanautu was badly hit the Solomon Islands managed to escaped the worst of the damage.