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Samson: I can be Motherwell’s new No.1

By September 16, 2015No Comments

Craig Samson says he’s confident of taking the no.1 jersey and making it his own at Motherwell.

Samson has signed until the end of the season at the Steelmen after leaving Kilmarnock in the summer because of a lack of first-team opportunities.

He’s going to have to out-manoeuvre current Fir Park no.1 Connor Ripley, who’s on loan until January, and substitute goalkeeper Dan Twardzik, but Samson has backed himself to do just that.

“I wouldn’t have come if I didn’t think I was able to play,” he said.

“Everybody wants to play but you know that Connor’s playing and it’s down to the other two goalkeepers around him to try to push and get into the team.

“But of course I believe I can do well with Motherwell and I came here to improve the squad. I’ve played a lot of Premier League games in Scotland and I don’t want that to stop now.”

Samson has been keeping himself sharp after leaving Killie by training with Queen of the South and he realises he’ll need to bide his time for his chance at the Steelmen.

“I knew I was going to have a little wait before I got a club but James Fowler at Queen of the South was very good to me and let me go in and train with them so I’ve been training every day.

“It’s just about being patient and waiting for opportunities to come up.

“I had a couple of different options but after speaking to the manager and Jim Hollman the goalkeeping coach, this was the club I wanted to come to.”

Samson goes straight into the squad for the Lanarkshire derby against Hamilton Accies this weekend.