Jul 18 2012 Exclusive by Fraser Wilson
PARTICK THISTLE have beaten off competition from Blue Square Premier side Tamworth Town to sign former Preston North End striker James Craigen.
The Englishman, who was capped by the British Universities select side last year, today agreed a two-year deal with the Jags becoming the fifth new arrival at Firhill this summer.
Thistle boss Jackie McNamara reckons Craigen's signing will be his last of the summer as he puts the finishing touches to his side ahead of the weekend's ARR Craib Cup featuring Celtic, Everton and Airdrie United.
And he was delighted to beat ambitious Tamworth to the 21-year-old's signature.
McNamara said: "James played against us last season with the Scottish Universities select side and showed up well. He actually went on to be selected for the British Universities side.
"He came down to Catterick for a week with us and also spent time with Tamworth who were keen to sign him.
"We can’t compete financially with what a Conference side can offer so it was a big decision that James had to make and it's really pleasing that he has chosen to sign for Partick Thistle.
"He is good with both feet, has great ability and can play in a few positions which is crucial.
"His signing is likely to be the last for now as I'm really happy with the balance of the squad and believe we are in a strong position ahead of the new season."