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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 September 2005, 21:19 GMT 22:19 UK
Craig fails to win Pars contract
Steven Craig
Craig had failed to command a regular place with Aberdeen
Former Aberdeen striker Steven Craig has failed to win a deal with Dunfermline Athletic after a two-day trial at East End Park.

Pars chairman John Yorkson told BBC Sport: "Jim Leishman decided not to offer him a contract.

"Jim has the money to bring one or two more players in. But, if the right players are not available, he might wait until January."

The 24-year-old Craig has the chance of a trial with Carlisle United.

He had told the English League Two outfit that he wanted to train with the Pars before taking up their offer of a trial in midweek.

Craig joined Aberdeen, then managed by Steve Paterson, from Motherwell on a pre-contract agreement in 2004.

But Craig was unable to make an impact on the first team under current Dons manager Jimmy Calderwood.

He failed to win a move to Bradford City after a trial with the English club in July.

And he left the Dons by mutual consent this month before joining the Pars for training on Monday.

Dunfermline had missed had out on re-signing Stevie Crawford, who joined the Dons.

The Pars could not match the terms offered to Crawford by Aberdeen despite promising to make him one of the highest paid players at East End Park.

Leishman had also hoped to renew his interest in Stephane Maurel, who had been on trial at East End.

But it appears that the former Monaco and Ajaccio winger is unlikely to return to Dunfermline.


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