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Last Updated: Monday, 19 May, 2003, 13:23 GMT 14:23 UK
Crawford stays with Pars
Dunfermline striker Stevie Crawford
Stevie Crawford is the second-top scorer in the SPL this season
Scotland striker Stevie Crawford has rejected big-money offers from English clubs to sign a two-year extension to his contract with hometown club Dunfermline Athletic.

And the Scottish Premier League outfit have also announced the recruitment of Anthony Storrie from Sunderland and Aaron Labonte from Newcastle United on two-year deals.

But former Arsenal defender David Grondin is a surprise departure on a free transfer as the Pars also revealed the transfer-listing of eight players.

Crawford, whose 19 league goals make him second only to Celtic's Henrik Larsson, has a year to run on his present deal but has pledged a further two years to the Pars.

And manager Jimmy Calderwood said: "Stevie will give everyone a boost by signing.

He could've made three or four times the money by moving to an English team
Dunfermline boss Jimmy Calderwood
"He could've made three or four times the money by moving to an English team.

"But it's great he's decided to stay with us and we will all get a kick from that.

"Hopefully, we will be able to bring a few more quality players."

Dunfermline chairman John Yorkston had warned that he might have to place Crawford on the transfer list if he did not accept an extension as the club did not wish to risk losing him for nothing at the end of his current deal.

The announcement was made at a wide-ranging news conference as manager Jimmy Calderwood disclosed a major shake-up of personnel at East End Park.

Jason Dair, Andre Karnebeek, Steven Hampshire, Scott Walker, Chris McGroarty, Sean Kilgannon, Kevin McLeish and David Nicholls have all been transfer-listed a year before the end to their contracts.

Dair, Walker and McGroarty were all first-team regulars this season, while only McLeish and Nicholls did not feature at all as they were on loan to Ross County and Falkirk respectively.

Stevie Hampshire and Scott Walker celebrate with Dunfermline
Stevie Hampshire and Scott Walker have been told they can leave
Midfielder Ged Brannon had already returned to Wigan Athletic after failing to win a permanent deal, while former Dundee United striker Jim Hamilton failed in his gamble of turning amateur to win a contract.

Darren and Derek Young have been confirmed as signings on three-year deals after turning down reduced contracts with Aberdeen.

Storrie and Labonte arrive as Dunfermline pursue a policy of giving a chance to players graduating from Premiership youth academies.

They had already announced the capture of Billy Mehmet from West Ham United.

That process had started with Grondin, but he is to depart after only five months in Fife.

Scott McNicol, Mark McGarty and George Fotheringham, products of Dunfermline's own youth set-up, have all signed one-year deals.

Youngsters Colin Nish, Ross Harrower, Dean Fleming, Ritchie Carson, Gordon Findlay and Brian Blair have also been released.


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14 May 03  |  Dunfermline Athletic
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