Murdoch extends Pars deal
By Pete Allison
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sean Murdoch has signed a new two-year-deal at Dunfermline.
Dunfermline manager Jim Leishman has confirmed that 19-year-old goalkeeper Sean Murdoch has agreed to sign a two-year contract extension at the club, keeping him at the Scottish side until 2009.
The Pars boss is now looking to loan Murdoch out in order for the youngster to gain some first-team experience.
Leishman commented: "Sean is a great lad with a heap of potential. We are speaking with another team to try and get him out on loan to give him that extra bit of experience."
The young goalkeeper stated that he felt under pressure to perform last season, as his previous deal was set to expire next summer.
"There was going to be a lot of pressure on me this coming season. Now I can concentrate on training and playing without worrying about whether I am going to lose my livelihood," he said.
"The manager said he sees me as his future number one. If I can fulfil his expectations, that would be excellent."
Murdoch is highly rated at East End Park and is believed to hold promise on both the domestic and international stages.
"Sean is technically very good and has all the attributes to go on and be a top goalkeeper," said Dunfermline coach Stephen Woods.
"He's a little lacking in experience but going on loan will help bring him on because playing first-team football is different from the reserves."
Calum Woods is also in discussions with the club regarding a new contract, and is expected to sign his new two-year-deal over the next few days.