Former Hibs attacker completes move to Premiership rivals despite rumblings of Easter Road return

Simon Murray has signed for old club DundeeSimon Murray has signed for old club Dundee
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Dundee have won the race to re-sign Simon Murray from Ross County.

Ross County striker Simon Murray has made a sensational return to boyhood club Dundee in one of the biggest moves of the Scottish summer transfer window so far.

The Dark Blues have secured the 32-year old, who scored 23 goals for the Staggies last season, on a three year contract for an undisclosed fee. The Dens Park outfit confirmed they fought off interest from several clubs to land the former Hibs man who had also been linked with a sensational return to Easter Road this window.

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However, he will instead rejoin the club where he played as a boy and during a loan spell in 2018. He said: “It’s amazing. It’s taken a while and it’s something I’ve just wanted to get done and to now be here permanently feels amazing. It’s good to be back. After speaking with the manager it just feels right for me.

“My family are based in Dundee, I grew up here, I grew up watching the club and the club are going places and I wanted to be part of that. I just felt at this time in my career with family and the way the club is I felt it was the right time to come back. This is the club I support and to live that dream is amazing and I can’t wait to get started.”

It’s a blow for Ross County, losing their top scorer, and Staggies boss Don Cowie commented: “Simon has been a brilliant asset for our football club since arriving from Queens Park. His goal return last season was a big contributing factor in us retaining our Premiership status. Simon has a young family whom he needs to be closer to at this time and once our valuation was met, we could not stand in his way of this. We wish Simon and his family the very best of luck for the future.”

County CEO Steven Ferguson added, “It has been well documented the interest in Simon and the need for Simon to return South to be closer to his family. Dundee FC met our valuation and after trying everything we could to keep Simon, we have reluctantly accepted this offer. I echo Don’s comments and on behalf of all at Ross County FC, would like to put on record our thanks to Simon for his time at Ross County FC and wish him and his family all the very best in the future.”

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