Decision Time for Hammell

Last updated : 26 January 2006 By Firparkcorner

Jimmy Calderwood is reported to have discussed the signing of our regular left back with Terry Butcher and subsequently the Aberdeen boss faxed an offer to the player directly. Stevie for free to enter an agreement with another club under the regulations which govern the contracts of players.

The Dons are hoping to tempt him to make the trip north before the current transfer window closes next week (Tuesday) but they have no money to offer in compensation. Should Hammell decide that he wants to leave then our manager has a tricky decision to make. Should he keep him till the end of the season knowing that he is committed to another club? Or, should he offer a new contract to keep him at Fir Park?

The defender will be twenty four in a few weeks time. He has been a regular on the team sheet since April 2000 when he took his chance as an eighteen year old. He has made almost two hundred and fifty appearances in claret and amber and was a regular in the national U21 side. His one full cap was earned in a friendly against Sweden in 2004.

This season has been untypical in that his form has been, at best, variable. He has missed four games through injury. He has had to live with unsettling transfer speculation many times in the last few years and he has coped with it without any dip in performance. Some may say that he has reached a plateau with us and that the only way he can reach a higher level is by moving on. Whether that can be achieved with Calderwood at Aberdeen is far from certain.

If he goes he will take the good wishes of ‘Well fans with him.

Meanwhile, we have signed former Ross County forward Steve McGarry.  The 26 year old has joined up until the end of next season after impressing at training sessions with the rest of the squad.