’Well are busy on deadline day as new faces sign up

Anthony Straker makes his debut for Motherwell
Anthony Straker makes his debut for Motherwell

Motherwell enjoyed a busy deadline day to the transfer window as they brought in four new faces.

Goalkeeper George Long and midfielder Conor Grant arrived on loan from Sheffield United and Everton respectively, while winger Marvin Johnson was snapped up from Kidderminster Harriers for an undisclosed fee and attacker Nathan Thomas signed after his release from Plymouth Argyle.

Long has played 80 times for the Blades first team, but having lost his place to former St Mirren ’keeper Mark Howard was loaned to Oxford United earlier in the season.

Grant is an energetic, ball-playing midfielder with an eye for goal and although yet to turn out for the Goodison Park was on the bench for their Europa League match against FC Krasnodar.

Johnson is known for his pace and has already netted ten times from the flanks this campaign.

His deal with Harriers was set to expire at the end of the current campaign but ‘Well overcame stiff competition from English Championship and League One sides to secure his signature.

Thomas will also add some speed to the ’Well side and was something of a fan favourite at the Pilgrims, netting once in 19 league outings.

Central defender Louis Laing and left-sider Anthony Straker joined ’Well on loan last week from Nottingham Forest and York City respectively and both made their debut against St Johnstone on Saturday.

In all seven new arrivals made their way to Fir Park during the transfer window with Stephen Pearson rejoining the club two weeks ago.

’Well manager Ian Baraclough said: “With the seven new faces we’ve signed during the window and players returning from injury, we hope to have more options and competition for places in the last few months of the campaign.”

Striker Henrik Ojamaa rejected extending his stay at ’Well and joined Norwegian side Sarpsborg 08 on loan from Legia Warsaw.