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Stuart McCall decides against offering David Clarkson Fir Park return

The striker had been training with Motherwell for two weeks in the hope of winning a contract.

David Clarkson playing for Motherwell.
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Motherwell manager Stuart McCall has decided against offering David Clarkson a Fir Park return.

Having been released by Bristol Rovers at the end of last season Clarkson has been training with the Steelmen over the past few weeks in the hope of earning a deal for the 2014/15 campaign.

But after travelling with the rest of the Motherwell squad for their training camp in Portugal, McCall has decided not to offer Clarkson, who spent seven years at Fir Park, a permanent deal.

Instead McCall is looking for a more direct replacement for Henrik Ojaama and Henri Anier, who were sold in each of the last two summers.

McCall said: "David is no longer with us. He trained well and is a decent lad, but he's not exactly what we're looking for.

"We're looking for someone with pace to go in beyond, someone like Ojaama and Anier."

Clarkson started his career with Motherwell between 2002 and 2009, making over 160 appearances for the club.

A free agent since leaving Bristol Rovers at the end of last season, he has also played for Brentford and Bristol City.

McCall was speaking as Motherwell suffered a 2-0 home defeat in their final friendly before their Europa League opener.

Fulham's £11m signing Ross McCormack made his debut against his former club.

Cameron Burgess opened the scoring in the 19th minute with a free header from a corner and home goalkeeper Dan Twardzik fumbled a second-half strike from Konstantinos Stafylidis over his line.

The summer signing from Dundee recovered to make some decent late saves, including a diving stop from McCormack, who played 90 minutes alongside fellow former Motherwell player Shaun Hutchinson.

Zaine Francis-Angol went off with a tight hamstring 10 minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute for Motherwell, who host Icelandic side Stjarnan in the Europa League at Fir Park on Thursday.

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