Dundee United sign Spartans striker Aaron Murrell

Aaron Murrell has scored 22 goals in 24 matches this season
Aaron Murrell has scored 22 goals in 24 matches this season
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Spartans’ teenage striker Aaron Murrell has signed a professional contract with Ladbrokes Premiership club Dundee United.

The Lowland League outfit’s top scorer has penned a two-and-a-half year deal with the Arabs, although will be loaned back to the Ainslie Park side while continuing to train and play with United’s development squad.

Murrell, 18, has struck 22 times in 24 matches for Dougie Samuel’s side this term, his last goal as a permanent Spartans player coming in Saturday’s 3-2 New Year Edinburgh derby defeat at home to Edinburgh City.

Spartans chairman Craig Graham congratulated the striker on his move and is proud of the role his club has played in the former Portobello High School pupil’s development.

“We are very pleased for Aaron,” he said. “He has worked exceptionally hard, especially in the last six months and this is a great reward for him.

“Our coaches have also to take tremendous credit for the additional time and effort they have input with Aaron. They have done a great job to really accelerate his development. We are proud of the development environment we have at Spartans and Aaron is yet another player to move from us into the SPFL.

“Aaron’s success shows to all our young players what can be achieved if they really commit to being the best they can be.”