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Back to the future: Paul Murray’s ‘invaluable’ return to Oldham Athletic delights manager Paul Dickov

By Matthew Lees

Oldham Athletic manager Paul Dickov is thrilled to have secured the signature of former Latics midfielder Paul Murray on a free transfer.

Murray, who made 105 appearances for Oldham between 2001 and 2004, has signed a contract until the end of the season at Boundary Park.

With injuries to Youssouf M’Changama and Cristian Montano plus Dean Furman on international duty in South Africa, Dickov was keen to strengthen his squad.

 “Paul will add experience to the squad and that will be invaluable to the young kids,” said Dickov.

“I am delighted to have him on board and he will be another body in our squad.”

Murray, 36, was released by League One’s bottom side Hartlepool United after they appointed John Hughes as their new manager.

However, the midfielder was a regular up until Hughes’ appointment and has a wealth of experience having played for Carlisle United, Gretna, Shrewsbury Town and Portuguese side Beira-Mar.

After nine years away from Boundary Park, Murray is glad to be back.

“I am here to help in whatever I am asked to do. And the club knows what they will get from me,” said Murray.

“I am experienced and still have the desire and enthusiasm to play.

“I may be 36 years of age but I am as fit as any time in my career and am looking forward to getting my teeth into things here.”

Murray is also confident his new team can climb up the table after their FA Cup heroics against Liverpool.

“Against Liverpool we showed tenacity, drive and quality at times,” he added.

“We need to take those qualities, as well as enthusiasm and hard work, into the game at Walsall on Saturday.”

Murray, who scored 15 goals in his first spell at Latics, will wear the number 17 shirt but is cup-tied for the Everton match.

He will add much needed experience alongside defender Cliff Byrne, the only other squad member over the age of 30.

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