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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 September 2005, 20:23 GMT 21:23 UK
Cowden transfer Gribben to Forfar
Forfar Athletic have paid a nominal fee to Cowdenbeath for the services of striker Darren Gribben.

And the Second Division club have added Dunfermline Athletic goalkeeper Sean Murdoch to their squad on loan.

Murdoch's arrival means that Neal Ferrie returns to junior football with Dundee North End.

The 19-year-old Gribben, who was top scorer with 13 goals last season after moving to Cowden from Hamilton in 2004, has signed a two-year contract.

Cowden boss Mixu Paatelainen told the Third Division club's website: "I could not stand in the way of a young player progressing in the game.
The transfer fee is acceptable to both clubs
Cowden boss Mixu Paatelainen

"Darren is a talented player who has been given the opportunity to play in a higher division.

"The transfer fee is acceptable to both clubs and has given me more flexibility in bringing new players to the club."

Murdoch's arrival brings the number of goalkeepers on Forfar's books so far this season to seven.

Michael Brown's dislocated shoulder ruled the first choice out until January.

Ferrie took over, but the experienced Colin Meldrum was brought in before demanding to be released from his contract to join Motherwell after just two games.

Goalkeeping coach Alan Fraser re-registered as a player and former Aberdeen keeper Mark Peat impressed as a trialist against Morton.

Former Motherwell keeper Francios Dubourdaeu signed for Forfar last week, while the club turned to Murdoch for cover after Peat rejected a contract offer.

The 19-year-old Murdoch, who has yet to make his first-team debut for Dunfermline, has signed on loan until the end of the season.




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