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Charlie Telfer returns from the Netherlands to join Greenock Morton

Telfer has joined the Cappielow side on a one-year deal. Photo via @Morton_FC

Lanark footballer Charlie Telfer is back in Scotland after a one-year stint in the Netherlands, joining Championship outfit Greenock Morton.

The 22-year-old has penned a 12-month deal with an optional one-year extension.

Telfer started his career at Rangers before joining Dundee United, where he first met Ton manager Ray McKinnon.

The midfielder left the Tangerines in 2017 to join Almere City in the Eerste Divisie.

McKinnon is delighted to have made his third new signing of the summer and believes that Telfer will be a great addition to his side.

“He’s a top-class football player, a fantastic professional, who I know very well from my time at Dundee United,” McKinnon told the club website. “He played almost every game as we went to the play-offs.

“I recognised what type of player Charlie was – a ball player who likes to keep possession and pass. That fit the criteria of what we wanted to do perfectly and so he played a lot of games for me and had a successful season.

“He then went to Holland for a new experience – he’s that type of person; he likes to experience life – and thoroughly enjoyed it.

“We knew his contract was coming up and we’d been in contact over the last three or four weeks and I’m thrilled to have been able to entice him to Morton.

“There were two or three other clubs interested but we’d been at him constantly and the way we’d worked together previously probably swung it our favour. He’ll be a great addition to the Morton squad.”

Telfer is relishing the prospect of returning to Scottish football and believes that his new side can go on to have a strong campaign.

He said: “It’s going to be a competitive season with Partick Thistle and Ross County coming down and you’ll have Inverness and Dundee United as well. If we do the simple things right and work hard as a team you never know what can happen. We saw that with Livingston last season. The aim is to go about our business, only care about us and see what happens.

“[Playing in the Netherlands] was great, I played with a couple of Dutch boys at United. I always fancied the opportunity of going abroad and it came up, so I couldn’t say no. I was in and out [the team]. At the start I really enjoyed it then I picked up an injury which was niggling and kept me out for a period of time towards the end, but overall it was a fantastic experience.

“Automatically when people think it’s the second tier they don’t think it’s as good as the top but the standard of players, the technical ability, is fantastic. The games are crazy though, it might be 5-4 or 6-3, the defending is not too great but technically it’s a really competitive league.

“If I had played games there I would have maybe seen what else would have happened but I just wanted to come home and the opportunity arose here and I couldn’t turn it down.”