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Canary Watch: Gally and Murray impress in Scotland

I’m always interested to see how ex-Canaries are getting on, so am going to spend a bit of time having a look (that’s right, another new feature) starting with two recent evacuees: Paul Gallacher and Ian Murray – both of which have signed new deals north of the border recently.

Gallacher joined Dunfermline Athletic on loan in August after failing to nail down a place in first Nigel Worthington and then Peter Grant’s Canary sides, and officially made the move permanent in January after Glenn Roeder cancelled his contract.

Pars Chairman John Yorkston is pretty chuffed with the news:

We are delighted that Jim (McIntyre) has secured Paul for three years. He’s a first class goalkeeper and it shows our commitment to getting up next season.

Murray had his contract terminated “by mutual consent” in January and went back to the club where had started his career, Hibernian.

He said a few things that got under a lot of people’s skin (including mine), but as Hibs fan WestStandDave was keen to point out has been in good form since returning “home”.

Hibs boss Mixu Paatelainen was delighted with the news:

I am delighted that the new contract has been agreed with Ian. He’s a great player and has performed really well since coming back to the Club. Ian has a real determination to succeed and this allied to his great versatility will, I’m sure, see him play a key role for us.

So as two Roeder “rejects” make the grade in Scotland it does kind of beg the question: Were neither of them good enough for England and Norwich City, did the club fail them, or was it just one of those things?

I’m inclined to go with the latter in Murray’s case, but for me Gallacher was never quite good enough to shift Robert Green or the deluge of ‘keepers that followed him.

Let me know what you think…



One thought on “Canary Watch: Gally and Murray impress in Scotland

  1. There’s only one Paul Gallacher (or Peter Barlow as he’s affectionately known to our fans).

    Posted on your David Marshall post, but saw this as well. As a season ticket holder with Dunfermline, Gallacher has been superb, player of the year by a mile in what has been a desperate season.

    2 penalty saves in crucial games in October, one in the last minute, summed up his ability. Great shotstopper and good with crosses. Far to good for the Scottish First, should be in the SPL, but we’re delighted to have him.

    However, it was always going to be tough to dislodge Robert Green, who I’ve always believed to be a top, top goalkeeper. Perhaps it was the right move to go to Norwich, but maybe just at the wrong time for Gallo.

    As I say, I’m absolutely thrilled with him. Now all we need is to get 10 good outfield players!

    Posted by hartypar | May 8, 2008, 10:27 am

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