Campbell turns down Raith deal to stay at Ton

Published: 13 May 2013 12:00

STRIKER Archie Campbell has snubbed a more lucrative contract offer from Raith Rovers to stay with Morton, the Tele can reveal.

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The 22-year-old put pen to paper on a new one-year deal on Friday to follow team-mates David O'Brien and Derek Gaston in committing to the Cappielow club for the forthcoming campaign.

Despite being offered more money and the chance to play his football much closer to his Dunfermline home, Campbell decided to tie himself to the Ton for a third successive season. Manager Allan Moore is thrilled that his 13-goal frontman has chosen to stay with him for another crack at the First Division next term. The Ton boss told the Tele: "We're delighted to get wee Archie on board for next season.

"He was one of the players we offered a deal to and were hopeful he would stay.

"He signed down at Cappielow on Friday and we're pleased to get things tied up. In fairness to the wee man, he actually had a better offer from Raith Rovers.

"It would have saved him driving an hour to get to training every morning too, so in that respect we've got to give him a big high five for that.

"He believes he's at a club that's going places. I think he's happy here and he knows he's got a manager who trusts him and who can work with him."

Campbell netted 13 times in all competitions to finish as Ton's second top scorer behind 15-goal Peter MacDonald. However, 11 of those 13 strikes were scored in a blistering eight-game spell between August and October before the rest of his season was beset by injury.

Moore added: "He's got to improve parts of his game, like his communication and link-up play, but he's a finisher, there's no doubt about it.

"At one stage he was the top scorer in the league. We are hoping he can reproduce that excellent form he was in the first third of the season.

"He was on fire before the osteitis pubis problem ruled him out but he never really recaptured his form. A few weeks rest and then a good pre-season will do him the world of good and will see him raring to go for next season."

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