Dunfermline Athletic

The return of two former Pars

Friday, 17th Jul 2015

Two former Pars players have been signed today by manager Allan Johnston.

Fans favourite Joe Cardle and goalkeeper Sean Murdoch, both 28 years old, return as the squad takes shape for the 2015-2016 season.

Since leaving Dunfermline when made redundant by Interim Administrators in March 2013 Joe joined Raith Rovers where he made 46 appearances. From there he joined Ross County for the 2014-2015 season but made just 14 starts and 11 off the bench for the Staggies. A free agent Joe trialled for Dunfermline earlier this month against East Fife and Berwick Rangers.

As a schoolboy Joe Cardle played for Lytham Juniors and Burnley before signing his first professional contract at Port Vale. Joe was with Port Vale for three years from August 2005 before going on loan to Clyde in 2007-08. He made 10 appearances in the three months at Broadwood from September to November before returning to England after injury curtailed his time at Clyde.

He signed for Airdrie United for season 2008-09 and signed a pre contract with Dunfermline in January 2009. A very quick player, extremely skilful with an ability to play on either side of the park. The East End faithful know just how much the Blackpool-born winger can entertain and mesmerise any defence with his dribbling skills. They saw him make 96 starts for Dunfermline + 42 as sub, in almost four seasons, scoring 24 goals.

Sean Murdoch, also 28, first joined joined Dunfermline Athletic full time in the summer of 2003. Sean, Edinburgh born and bred, joined our Youth Initiative programme from Hearts Youths playing for a year and a half at Under 15 and 16 levels. He had an excellent season in 2002-03 playing regularly for the Under 19s and 21s and was even called up to the first team squad - featuring on the bench versus Celtic. He was recognised at International level too, playing for Scottish Schoolboys.

With the arrival of keepers Allan McGregor and Bryn Halliwell, Sean was loaned out for the 2005-06 season to Forfar Athletic. He won his way into the team and made 13 starts, achieving four shut outs. Signed a new contract with the Pars in July 2006 before returning to Forfar on loan for the first half of season 2006-07.

Returned from Forfar having played another 18 games for them and went out on loan to Hamilton Academical in February 2007 where he played 11 matches for them in the Scottish First Division.

Murdoch made his first team debut for Dunfermline in the UEFA cup tie against Swedish club, BK Hacken. He was then to become second choice behind Paul Gallacher for most of the 2007–08 season and left to join Hamilton for a nominal fee of £15,000 for season 2008-09 and then in 2011 signed for League Two side, Accrington Stanley.

Sean returned to Scotland in October 2012 as back up for Ben Williams at Hibs and more recently had a spell in the USL with Rochester Rhinos. Sean played as a trialist on Wednesday night in the pre season friendly against Queens Park and manager Allan Johnston has moved fast to add to Sean to his goalkeeping options alongside the recently signed David Hutton.

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