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Webster eager for United chance

Defender Andy Webster
Webster hopes happier times are ahead at United

Dundee United's new loan signing Andy Webster is looking forward to playing first-team football again after a tough few seasons at Rangers.

The defender joined United for the season after making only two appearances for Rangers since he arrived from Wigan in January 2007.

"It's been an extremely frustrating period," Webster told BBC Scotland.

"I just want to get a chance to play first-team football and play my part in bringing success to United."

Webster won 22 Scotland caps while at Hearts, but his career has faltered since moving to Wigan, where he suffered a serious knee injury.

Defender Andy Webster
Once I knew I had the chance to come to Dundee United it didn't take me too long to decide it was the right move for me

Andy Webster

Despite the injury, Rangers took him to Ibrox, but he has subsequently struggled to break into the first team, and spent the first half of last season on loan at Bristol City.

Now, he is eager to put the last two-and-a-half years behind him at his latest club.

"I'm really delighted to be here. The manager and the chairman went to a lot of effort to sign me, and that's something I really appreciate," he said.

"Once I knew I had the chance to come to Dundee United it didn't take me too long to decide it was the right move for me.

"This couple of years is something that's going to be part of me for the rest of my football career, but hopefully I can take some positives out of it and use that to kick on."

However, he says he has not set himself any targets, such as winning a permanent deal at Tannadice, or even proving himself worthy of a place at Rangers.

"I think that will take care of itself," he said. "I'm not looking too far ahead, because I've had an interesting two or three years.

"I'm not pinning my hopes on anything specific, I'll just take it as it comes, try to do well for United and see where it takes me.

"I've done the whole of pre-season - every session - part at Rangers, and part here at United, so I feel fit and ready to go."

United manager Craig Levein said: "I signed Andy from Arbroath while I was at Hearts, so know him very well."

Levein had beaten United to Webster's signature in 2001, when he moved to Tynecastle from Arbroath.

Webster - likely to form a central defensive partnership with Lee Wilkie, who himself has had career-threatening injuries - never became a first-team regular with Rangers and was sent on loan to Bristol City.

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But, in May, he returned to the international scene when he played and scored for Scotland B against their Northern Ireland counterparts.

"I wasn't surprised by that," said Levein.

"For our part, he will further strengthen a very important area of the team and add to the options I have defensively.

"For his part, it gives him an opportunity to gain regular first-team football and get his career back on track after overcoming his injury problems."

As one new defender arrives, another has left, with left-back Danny Grainger being sold to Scottish Premier League newcomers St Johnstone on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, United are giving a trial to Argentine striker Damian Casalinuovo.

The 22-year-old, once of Valez Sarsfield, was last season with Platense in his homeland.

"We had him training with us last season and we are just having another look," said Levein.

"He is a little bit away from first-team football, so he would be a long-term prospect if we offer him anything."



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see also
Grainger exits United for Perth
15 Jul 09 |  St Johnstone
Ferguson set for Birmingham move
17 Jun 09 |  Rangers
Hearts pay Arbroath Webster cash
09 Jan 09 |  Hearts
Gers cool with Webster Well loan
16 Aug 08 |  Motherwell
Webster completes Rangers switch
09 Jun 08 |  Rangers


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