Sunday 1 August 2010

Hamill goes as Barr signs on

Yesterday afternoon's Co-op Insurance Cup tie with Ross County was preceded by a morning of frantic transfer activity with Joe Hamill departing the club on loan, while Craig Barr arrived.

Hamill agreed a loan deal with Ostersunds FK, managed by ex-Livi hero Lee Makel, following on from his trial in Sweden last month.

The 26-year old midfielder will join up with his new side early next week and will stay at the Jamtkraft Arena until January 1.

Hamill's space in the squad was quickly filled with the signing of right back Craig Barr on a one year contract.

Formerly with Gretna and Queen of the South, Barr impressed during a first half trial appearance against Dundee United on Wednesday and his registration was rushed through at lunchtime yesterday so that he could make his official Livi debut in Dingwall.

"With Joe going to Sweden we had a frantic morning getting all the paperwork done in order for his international clearance to go through before their transfer window closed," said chief executive Ged Nixon this evening.

"It was touch and go at one stage, but we managed to get all the formalities concluded and we wish Joe well over the next few months.

"It's fair to say that we are on a very tight budget, but Joe's loan gave us some leeway to offer Craig a deal and we're delighted to have him onboard.

"He's a player with a good pedigree having played in the SPL with Gretna, and we'll sure he'll be an asset going forward.

"With Jason Talbot also coming back last week, we feel that we've strengthened our defensive options considerably for what we expect to be a tough season in the Second Division."

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