Friday 26 July 2013

A homecoming for 'Jimmy' Scott

We are delighted to confirm that Martin Scott has become our latest new signing, agreeing a one-year contract.

Better known as 'Jimmy', the former Ross County and Hibernian midfielder started his career with us as a young player, featuring twenty-one times for our first team before leaving the club in 2006.

Now 27 years of age, he has become one of our more senior and experienced members of the squad on his return.

For Jimmy, signing back on at the Energy Assets Arena is a homecoming, both from the point of view of returning to where his football career began as a teenager and to his hometown, having grown up in Dedridge.

"I'm delighted to have re-joined Livingston - it's a move that makes a lot of sense for me," he said.

"I've got three young children and my eldest is starting school this year. From a family perspective it's going to be nice to be back where a lot of our extended family is around.

"In terms of football, I am looking to settle back down and get back to the kind of form I showed in 2010-11 [when he moved from Ross County to Hibs] and I think I can do that at Livingston.

"I think there's a good squad at the club already and hopefully I can help improve it further.

"I was nineteen years old when I was last at Livingston, but I'll be one of the more experienced boys now and hopefully I can help bring the youngsters on.

"Having trained with the squad yesterday, I was able to see for myself that there are plenty of talented players here and I think the way that Richie and Mark want the team to play suits my game."

Martin is available for selection for Saturday's season opening Ramsdens Cup first round game at Berwick, and although his arrival at the club is late in the pre-season build up, he doesn't expect that to be an issue.

He added: "I had a few games with a club down south recently and I've always kept myself very fit, so I'm ready to play if selected.

"I'm raring to go but I'll need to wait and see if I'll be involved against Berwick."

Manager Richie Burke believes Jimmy to be another excellent capture for the club with a hard season ahead in the newly rebranded Scottish Championship.

"Jimmy is a local boy with a connection to the club and I think getting him onboard is a real coup for us.

"We're delighted to get him in at this late stage because he's a quality player who will improve our squad.

"After hearing he was available and keen to come in it would have been foolish of us to miss out."

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