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Last Updated: Friday, 29 July 2005, 19:37 GMT 20:37 UK
Samson wins a Tannadice contract
Craig Samson
Craig Samson had loan spells in Division One
Dundee United have signed Scotland Under-21 goalkeeper Craig Samson on a one-year deal hours before the Uefa Cup signing deadline after a trial spell.

The 21-year-old rejected a 12-month deal at Kilmarnock because he had slipped to third choice there.

United boss Gordon Chisholm said: "I kept my options open, but I came to the decision he was the best candidate.

"Although I have looked at other goalkeepers over the past few weeks, Craig was always on my mind."

Chisholm spent the summer searching for keepers after last season's number one, Tony Bullock, decided to reject the club's offer of a new contract and joined Gillingham instead.

United last week signed the experienced Derek Stillie from Scottish Premier League rivals Dunfermline Athletic but wanted a quality back-up.
Craig made a bold decision to leave Killie
United boss Gordon Chisholm

Chisholm had also made inquiries about bringing Paul Gallacher back from Norwich City, where the Scotland international has failed to break into the first team.

But United did not up their approach for a player for whom Norwich could demand a transfer fee.

"We're delighted to get Craig signed up before the European deadline and he'll go straight into the squad for tomorrow's game with Aberdeen," said Chisholm.

"Craig made a bold decision to leave Killie, especially as they put a contract on the table and that sort of ambition impressed me.

"He's hungry to do well and feels he's got something to prove to people, so Derek is going to be pushed hard for his place in the team."

Samson spent four years with Kilmarnock and also had loan spells with First Division clubs Queen of the South and St Johnstone.


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