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Motherwell sign former Airdrie goalkeeper Lee Hollis

Goalkeeper Lee Hollis
Lee Hollis says he is relishing the prospect of playing for 'Well

Motherwell have signed former Airdrie United goalkeeper Lee Hollis.

The 24-year-old, who was released along with the rest of the Diamonds squad at the end of last season, has agreed a one-year deal with the Steelmen.

He will become manager Craig Brown's first capture of the summer and will complete the deal on Thursday.

"I'm really looking forward to joining Motherwell; it's a massive opportunity for me. I can't wait to get going," Hollis told the club website.

Motherwell's new signing said securing a move to the Scottish Premier League was the perfect tonic following the turbulent end to the previous campaign.

"Last season ended in massive disappointment but I really can't wait to get going and hopefully it will be a successful partnership," said Hollis.

We would absolutely be interested in bringing John Ruddy back here again on loan

Motherwell manager Craig Brown

"I have known Motherwell goalkeeping coach Stewart Kerr for quite some time, having worked with him for a year at Airdrie, so it'll be great to see a familiar face when training starts at the end of this month.

"He's been keeping me up to date in the last few months so I am very grateful to him for giving me this chance and I relish the opportunity to work with him again."

Brown said Hollis's capture did not signal the end of 'Well's interest in re-signing John Ruddy.

Ruddy, who impressed for the Fir Park side last season, returned to Everton after his loan spell ended.

"At this moment we have two goalkeepers: Michael Fraser and Lee Hollis," said Brown.

"Michael has had some offers from abroad which he is considering and, should he decide to move on, then we'll obviously have to go and get another goalkeeper.

"John Ruddy has returned to his parent club, Everton, after an outstanding season.

"We have to wait and see what Everton are going to do but if he becomes available we would absolutely be interested in bringing him back here again on loan."

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