Hammell comes back home - Paterson goes

Last updated : 31 January 2008 By Firparkcorner

The official site announces we have paid £110,000 to Southend for the full back. 

Stevie was with us for seven years before being tempted to try his luck on the south coast. He played almost 250 games in claret and amber and was a regular in the national U21 side. Mark McGhee let it be known that he was a target and despite a first offer being turned down he seems to have had success at the second attempt.

Stevie, now twenty five, played 67 times for Southend and he is well regarded by fans of the League One club. However it is suggested that his family would prefer to be in Scotland and that may have helped him come to the decision to seek a move. He had six months left on his contract and it seems that Southend took the view that it was better to take a fee now rather than lose him for nothing in the summer.

Goodbye to East Stand
He should walk in to the team and he'll take no time to get familiar with the surroundings at Fir Park. It's anyone's guess when he'll be able to get a game though as the Dundee game had to be very doubtful on Saturday.

With the arrival of Simon Lappin also on the left side of the team we have the prospect of some serious structural changes to the line up which has served us so well over the first half of the season.

Hammell's return should be welcomed.
We can only hope that his experience in a different environment has added to his repertoire and that we all enjoy his second spell at the club.

Jim Paterson joined Motherwell at the start of 2004/5 and has clocked up over a hundred appearances. We'll miss his stepovers and shuffling runs up the left wing and wish him well at his new club. All the best Jimbo.

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