New boy McMenamin's title vow
Published: 25 Jan 2013 09:00
Morton yesterday secured the signature of Ross County striker Colin McMenamin in a dramatic pre-match swoop funded by local businessmen James and Sandy Easdale.
The McGill's Buses owners recently offered to put up the funds for a new signing in the January transfer window if Allan Moore felt it would make a difference to his side's title challenge.
Their offer was gratefully accepted and frontman McMenamin put pen to paper on a contract which will tie him to the Cappielow club until the end of the season.
Speaking exclusively to the Tele just minutes after signing his deal, McMenamin, 31, told of his delight at joining the Ton and how he hopes to score the goals to fire the club to the SPL.
He beamed: "I'm thrilled to be here at Morton. I'm buzzing. It's great to be back in the Glasgow area, back with my family, and looking forward to playing football on a Saturday.
"Things are changing up there at Ross County. They're looking to go a different way with the boys they're looking to play up front, so I was quite happy to move on.
"I feel quite proud of what I achieved up there, I did okay, and I went and shook everybody's hand and gave them kisses and cuddles before leaving this morning.
"Now I'm entirely focused on Morton. I've got to work hard in training and try and get in the team. It's going to be difficult, especially with them doing so well.
"The quality of players they've got here means it is going to be hard - Peter Weatherson, Peter MacDonald and Archie Campbell are all top strikers. So getting in the team is just the main aim at the moment. Then hopefully I can help by scoring goals to keep Morton in the position we're in at the top of the league and pushing for promotion.
"We find ourselves in a very strong position, similar to where I was with Ross County last season, and there's no reason why we can't kick on and get promotion."
Ralph Roberts, managing director of McGill's, said: "McGill's are delighted to support Morton in their efforts to capitalise on their great run of results.
"As a local company, we were only too delighted to support the ambitions of our local team through our sponsorship of their latest signing, Colin McMenamin.
"The novelty of the sponsorship interested us too; we know of no other UK club where a company has been directly involved in covering the costs of signing a new player. As a proven goalscorer, we hope Colin can help fire Morton into the Scottish Premier League."
Morton director Crawford Rae added: "Sandy and James Easdale have been fantastic supporters of Morton for many years and the club have built up a good friendship with them.
"They offered their assistance to pay for a player in the January transfer window if this would make a difference as the club battle to win the First Division championship.
"We were delighted to accept their generous offer which we believe will give a massive lift to our loyal support. This is a wonderful gesture which we are extremely grateful for."