’Well snap up Anier at end of loan spell

Henri Anier will be at Fir Park until 2016
Henri Anier will be at Fir Park until 2016
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Estonian striker Henri Anier joined Motherwell on Friday in a two-and-a-half year deal after a successful loan spell from Norwegian side Viking.

The 23-year-old has netted seven goals in 17 starts and was due to return to Norway next week but after days of negotiations, ‘Well were able to confirm his full-time stay at Fir Park.

Anier said: “I am really happy things are tied up and my long-term future is sorted out.

“I’ve really enjoyed the last six months in Scotland, the physicality of the game and how high-tempo it is. It’s quick and technically good too, a real challenge.

“It is important for any footballer to feel happy and welcome and the club, on and off the park, has done that for me and made it easy.

“I enjoy working under a great manager and coaching staff and training with the lads. It’s also a pleasure to play in front of the fans, who have been so good with me.

“My aim now is to try and develop as a player, score as many goals as I can for Motherwell and hopefully finish as high up the table as possible.”

Motherwell chief executive Leeann Dempster added: “As a board, we have worked incredibly hard to keep both Lionel Ainsworth and Henri Anier at Fir Park against what is a tough financial climate within the game.

“I want to pay special tribute to two directors in particular who helped fund the Anier deal, it would not have been possible otherwise.”