Free-scoring Murray leaves Arbroath for Tannadice

Murray scores against East Fife. Pic: Graham Black.
Murray scores against East Fife. Pic: Graham Black.

Arbroath’s Simon Murray has joined SPFL Premiership side Dundee United.

But the 22-year-old front man will continue to ply his trade for the Lichties, having been loaned back to the Gayfield side for the remainder of the season.

Murray, son of former Hibs striker Gary, has been in fine form for the Maroons, netting 17 goals in 17 starts since making the step up from junior football.

And that form did not go unnoticed by Tannadice boss, Jackie McNamara.

He said: “We have been keeping an eye on Simon. A number of clubs were interested in signing him and I am pleased he has chosen to join Dundee United.

“He has pace and composure and his goal record this season shows he knows where the goal is. He will join us immediately to benefit from full time training but will go out on loan to Arbroath for the remainder of the season.”

Simon said: “This is an excellent place to evolve as a player and I cannot wait to get started. Dundee United is a club which gives players the opportunity to perform and when I heard they were interested in me I was excited and wanted to come here.

“With the benefit of full time training I will look forward to coming back here in the summer ready to stake my claim for a starting place in the first team. Right now, I can focus on continuing to score goals and continue to be educated at Arbroath.”