Moore makes double signing swoop
Published: 16 Jul 2013 12:001 comment
ALLAN Moore yesterday snapped up Dougie Imrie and Reece Hands in double signing swoop - and revealed forward Imrie knocked back a trial at Hibs to join Morton.
Imrie, 29 - who linked up with Ton for pre-season training, played in a friendly against Rotherham United and also in Peter Weatherson's testimonial match - has signed for one year. Former Blackburn Rovers youth midfielder Hands, 19, has penned a two-year deal after catching the eye as a trialist in the same testimonial against St Johnstone.
Moore told the Tele: "Dougie Imrie has signed for one year. He was invited in to train with Hibs until the end of the week, but I said I wasn't prepared to wait until the end of the week.
"I told him I couldn't keep the other boys waiting any longer. In fairness, he knew that himself and that's when he came in and said he was on board.
"That's another big signing for us. He can play on the right, the left or as a centre forward. I've been patient and waited to get him because I viewed him as an important part of the jigsaw. We're taking a gamble on the boy Reece Hands, but I think everyone was quite impressed with him on Saturday.
"We've given him two years because he's young and has potential." The Ton boss also hopes to complete the signings of Slovakian pair Michal Habai and Tomas Peciar later today.
The defensive duo were set to jet back into Scotland this afternoon to put the finishing touches to the contracts they agreed last week.
And Moore says that, should those deals be pushed through, then that will be his transfer activity complete for the summer.
He added: "The two Slovakians, Tomas and Michal, are due back today and if we can get things done and dusted with them that will be us."