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Archibald: I've done all I can to 'sell' Partick Thistle to Hateley

The Jags coach has made his offer to sign former Motherwell player Tom Hateley.

Alan Archibald says he has done all he can to "sell" Partick Thistle to Tom Hateley as he attempts to add the versatile defender to his squad.

The former Motherwell player, who can play in midfield, is a free agent after leaving Polish club Slask Wroclaw and has a number of clubs chasing his signature this summer, with the Jags one of them.

Archibald explained how he has attempted to tempt Hateley to Firhill, admitting that Thistle can't compete financially with some of their rivals.

"I had a brief chat with Tom the other day and that's as far as it went," he said.

"I think there are a few other clubs in him as well, he's keeping his options open and that's all there is in that at the moment."

The Jags boss hopes that the club's location in the central belt might prove a factor in convincing Hateley to join, with the 26-year-old based in the area.

"We hope so," Archibald responded when asked if that could work in his club\s favour.

"We sell the club the best way we can. We know it's a shop window for some players, we are in the central belt and if that helps then so be it.

"We can't always compete financially, so all we can do is try to sell Partick Thistle as what it is and as a good place to come and play football."

Edwards aspires to match Irvine in enjoying success in Scotland

Australian midfielder Ryan Edwards aspires to the same kind of success his compatriot Jackson Irvine has enjoyed in Scotland, keeping in touch with the strong Oz contingent in the Scottish Premiership.

"I had a WhatsApp group going with the Australian Under 23s," he said. "I'm quite close with Jackson Irvine, with him being my Under 23s teammate. I'm buzzing for him with his move to the Championship. He had a great season last season.

"I speak to Tom Rogic occasionally, he gets me tickets to the Celtic games. I watched the Champions League game the other week and said hello after the game.

"As well as Scott McDonald, when we play Motherwell he chats to me. I played against him when he was at Millwall and I was at Reading as well.

"When you see them, you catch up, but you hang around your own team and teammates."

Edwards signed a new contract with the Jags in April and is now looking to make a real impact for the Firhill club, highlighting how both fellow countrymen Irvine and Tom Rogic have used Scottish football to better themselves.

"You always want to play in the best leagues. Tom Rogic has also done well and some teams are knocking on the door, he ended up signing a new contract and now he's in the Champions League.

"[Irvine] had two successful seasons here and got a good move to the Championship.

"In the long-term, that's probably what I would like to do, get that kind of move, but to do that you need to be playing well and playing first-team and making an impact."

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