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Last Updated: Thursday, 31 August 2006, 13:10 GMT 14:10 UK
Crawford returns to Dunfermline
Stevie Crawford with fellow new signing Jim Hamilton
Stevie Crawford with fellow new signing Jim Hamilton
Dunfermline Athletic have completed the re-signing of striker Stevie Crawford from Aberdeen on a two-year deal.

The 32-year-old has been allowed to leave Pittodrie despite being the club's leading scorer this season.

Aberdeen had hoped to involve Pars defender Greg Shields in a swap deal but could not agree personal terms.

"Getting Stevie back is a great plus and now, with the squad we have, I am much happier to be judged on what we acheive," said Pars boss Jim Leishman.

"It has been a disappointing start to the season but when you see our injury list it's very difficult to even put a full first team at the moment.

"So between this signing and Jim Hamilton I feel we will have a much better chance at the results we are after."

Crawford left East End Park in 2004 but has had disappointing spells with Plymouth Argyle, Dundee Utd and the Dons since then.

It is understood that Crawford has taken a drop in pay to return to Fife and a local businessman is contributing funds for his wages.

The striker, who began his career with Raith Rovers before moving to Millwall and Hibernian, has been capped 25 times for Scotland.

He scored 69 goals in 193 appearances for Dunfermline but has scored just 10 times in 39 appearances for the Dons.

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