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Falkirk secure signing of Lovell

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Archive: New Falkirk striker Steve Lovell

Former Aberdeen striker Steve Lovell has joined Falkirk on a one-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months.

The 27-year-old was released by the Dons at the end of last season, following an injury-plagued three years at Pittodrie.

Lovell travelled with the Bairns to their pre-season training camp in the Netherlands and has now agreed terms.

"I have admired Steve's ability for a long time," manager John Hughes told the club website.

"I knew I would have to persevere to get his name on the dotted line.

"That's the reason I took him to Holland because I felt I could sell the club to him on the strength of the camaraderie that exists in the dressing room we have here.

"His signature will bring a whole new dimension to our attack."

Hibernian and Kilmarnock were also interested in Lovell, who signed for Aberdeen from Dundee for 250,000 in July 2005.

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He scored 20 goals in 76 appearances but was used mainly as a substitute last season by boss Jimmy Calderwood.

Lovell had joined Dundee in 2002, scoring 35 goals in 98 appearances, after failing to become a first-team regular with Portsmouth.

He was thought to be considering a move to the USA - or a return to his English homeland - but has recently become engaged to Scottish singer/songwriter Amy Macdonald.


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