• STV
  • MySTV

SPL block Letheren's Motherwell move

Former Barnsley, Swansea and Plymouth goalkeeper Kyle Letheren will not be joining Motherwell after the SPL blocked his transfer.

Number one: Michael Fraser will retain his place as Motherwell's goalkeeper after Kyle Letheren's deal collapsed.
©SNS Group

Kyle Letheren won’t be joining Motherwell after the Scottish Premier League knocked back a request from the club to bring the goalkeeper in as emergency cover. The former Swansea City, Barnsley and Plymouth Argyle player had agreed terms to sign on at Fir Park until the end of the season.

Injury to on-loan Everton keeper John Ruddy has prompted Craig Brown to bring in Letheren, who had trained with Motherwell earlier in the season, as cover to current number two Michael Fraser.

Under SPL rules, all players must be registered by March 31 to compete in the remainder of the season’s fixtures. But clubs can apply to bring in a goalkeeper as emergency cover at any time, with the league having the final say on whether the request is valid.

Despite Ruddy’s absence, the SPL rejected Well’s attempts to bring in the Welshman on the basis that their two youth goalkeepers – Ross Hyslop and Shaun Thomson – were signed on professional contracts and were fit to play for the first team.

As a result, the deal for Letheren is off and one of the two youngsters will be understudy to former Inverness goalie Fraser at Celtic Park on Tuesday night.

Letheren, 22, who is a former international with the Welsh under-21 squad, started his career at Swansea but failed to make a single top team appearance.

A move to Barnsley followed in 2006 and played once, coming on as a substitute in an FA Cup match with Blackpool.

A loan deal with Doncaster Rovers followed before he was released from Oakwell and he signed a short-term deal with Plymouth at the start of the season. He was subsequently released from Home Park having not played a single game.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This must be at least 6 characters long.
ShowHide
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long.
You must be over 16 to join STV.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
We need this to check that you live in an STV region.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid postcode
Would you like us to email you about our great shows and services from time to time?
We'll only send emails we think you'll like (see example) based on information you have supplied and shows you have watched on STV Player. For details on emails and advertising, see our STV & You page.
Would you like to receive emails from the Scottish Children's Lottery about draws, instant games and competitions?
We support the Scottish Children's Lottery (SCL), which is managed by our colleagues at STV ELM Ltd. You can find out more about the SCL on its website, including its Privacy Policy.

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, and understand our Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.