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Last Updated: Tuesday, 4 January, 2005, 14:52 GMT
Dundee Utd seal Crawford transfer
Crawford is delighted to be back in the SPL
Crawford is delighted to be back in the SPL
Dundee United have confirmed the signing of Stevie Crawford at a news conference at Tannadice.

United agreed a deal of 80,000 with Plymouth for Crawford and he has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with the Tannadice club.

He said manager Ian McCall and chairman Eddie Thompson sold the club to him.

"I had several options. However, I have been very impressed with the level of ambition shown by the chairman and the manager," said Crawford.

Dunfermline had also been keen to re-sign Crawford but were not thought to be able to match the transfer fee.

United are currently joint-bottom of the SPL but Crawford added: "Although the current league position is a concern, I still regard Dundee United as one of the top sides in the country and I'm confident I have made the right choice coming here."

United boss McCall is convinced the 30-year-old can help the club improve its league position.

"Stevie Crawford is one of the most admired professionals in Scottish football and without doubt it is a coup for Dundee United to secure this player," he added.

"Over the years, I have watched Stevie develop into one of the mostaccomplished forwards in the Scottish game.

"He will bring an added dimension to our play and strengthen the team."

"This is without doubt a major signing for Dundee United Football Club,"said chairman Thompson.

"A few weeks ago we might have been considered to be the rank outsiders to sign such a quality player, however, we were absolutely determined that, once we had made up or minds to go for Stevie, we were not going to lose out.

"When we met with the player we were able to demonstrate to him the ambitions, commitment and stability which underpin this club.

"I knew after that meeting that we would get our man."

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