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Alan Gow defends move to Motherwell

Alan Gow shows off his Motherwell strip
Gow is already a man of many clubs, Motherwell being his latest

By John Barnes

Alan Gow says he took his time before choosing to sign a six-month deal with Motherwell because he made wrong decisions about his career in the past.

Hibernian, St Mirren and Swindon were among those interested in signing the former Plymouth and Rangers forward.

"I spoke to a few clubs, but I thought I've made a few moves that I probably shouldn't have," admitted Gow, 27.

"I know a lot of people that are close friends with the manager and Archie Knox, so that was a big factor."

At the beginning of the week, it was reported that Gow, who was a free agent after being released by Plymouth Argyle, had completed a medical to join Swindon Town.

But, when after the deal did not go through, the Swindon director Jeremy Wray accused Gow of trying to improve his contract before he had even played for the club.

I would love to have stayed at Rangers for the rest of my career, but it wasn't possible

Motherwell forward Alan Gow

"I never agreed to go to Swindon, " insisted the forward, who said he had simply taken time to make the right choice.

"I never agreed any terms. I said I would go down and have a look at the place - now someone's crying a wee bit in the paper about it.

"When I went down, I wasn't happy with the deal, so I came back home - that's life. I'm sure that will not affect me. I'll still sleep well tonight."

Clydebank-born, Gow started his career with his local side but moved to Airdrie United following the demise of the Kilbowie club.

He impressed at the Diamonds, but it was at Falkirk where he really shone, eventually securing a move to Rangers in the summer of 2007.

His career was expected to kick-on from there, but it failed to flourish and Gow made only two first team appearances for the Ibrox club under Walter Smith, both in cup ties.

And he is saddened his time at Rangers was short-lived.

"You need to ask Walter," he said. "I wasn't obviously in his plans, I didn't fit into the way he played - it's just one of those things.

"I would love to have stayed at Rangers for the rest of my career, but it wasn't possible."

While on Rangers' books, Gow went on loan to both Blackpool and Norwich, making 10 starts and seven substitute appearances for the Seasiders and scoring five goals - the most for a club since leaving Falkirk.

"I stayed fit and scored a lot of goals at Blackpool then had a move to Wolves on the line but failed a medical," he said. "It's just one of those things.

"I loved my time at Blackpool. I'm still good friends with a lot of the boys there."

Last August, he left Rangers in a £200,000 move to Plymouth, for whom he made only eight league starts before returning to Scotland in February on loan at Hibernian.

During his three months at Easter Road, he made only three starting appearances, but now he has the chance to kick-start his career at Fir Park.

"I don't feel I've got a point to prove," he insisted. "I've done it before in the Premier League and I'm sure I can do it again."

Gow appears unfazed by the last couple of years and how his career failed to develop the way it was expected.

"I started off playing for Clydebank and I never really had much," he said. "So everything that I've done has been a great achievement for me.

"I'm never going to complain or say that it never worked out - that's life."

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see also
St Mirren sign midfielder Hegarty
31 Aug 10 |  St Mirren
Buddies boss awaits Gow decision
29 Aug 10 |  St Mirren
Kilmarnock unable to afford Gow
23 Aug 10 |  Kilmarnock
Hughes wants Gow back at Hibs
13 Jul 10 |  Hibernian
Gow released by Plymouth Argyle
09 Jul 10 |  Plymouth

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