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Thursday, 6 June, 2002, 12:11 GMT 13:11 UK
Well back in transfer market
Motherwell striker James McFadden
James McFadden is Motherwell's prize asset
Motherwell are ready to begin signing players, just over five weeks after sacking nine players and releasing ten others.

The announcement was made by interim general manager Alisdair Barron who insisted that any signings would come from the raft of players available on free transfers under the Bosman ruling.

But the news is sure to interest, if not anger, those players released by the club towards the end of last season as the club was placed into administration.

Barron said: "The decision we have taken means that the administrator is dealing with a very reliable operation at the moment.

"I think we have a school of talent here that will enable us to compete in the new season.


We are looking to build a strong team for a successful season
Alisdair Barron
Motherwell interim general manager
"But we are also looking to enhance that with one or two seasoned appointments."

Caretaker manager Terry Butcher will be the man who decides which players come to the club and he will also be hoping to hold onto the club's most valuable assest, such as new Scotland cap James McFadden.

Barron admitted there had been plenty of interest in the 19-year-old.

But he added: "The board has determined that there is no imperative to sell players. We are looking to build a strong team for a successful season."

Administrator Bryan Jackson also confirmed that the club would not be selling its best players for less than their market value.

Jackson's main task is to find a buyer for the club and a number of parties have expressed an interest.

He said: "No deadlines have been set yet but it is likely a closing date will be set in a few weeks time."

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