Craig Moore signs on loan

Ian McCall has swooped to add another striker to his squad for the 2015/16 season.

Craig Moore, 20, has signed on loan from Motherwell until the 4th of January. Ian said :”Craig is a hard working, aggressive striker who has good pace and can get in behind. He has a great eye for goal as he proved when he was on loan in the Championship with Cowdenbeath. There was plenty of interest in Craig from Championship clubs and we are delighted to have been able to secure him. Ian Baraclough has spoken very highly of him and he is still very much part of his plans.”

Below is some information on Craig from the Motherwell website.

Fighting hard to make the breakthrough into the Motherwell first team is striker Craig Moore.

A product of the Motherwell youth set-up, Craig was a regular in Jonathan Johansson’s Under 20 side during 12’13 before really coming to prominence in a loan spell with Cowdenbeath.

Joining the Blue Brazil in January 2013, on an initial one month deal, he made his senior debut coming off the bench in the Fife derby as Cowdenbeath drew 1-1 with Raith Rovers on 23 February.

Scoring in each of his first four starts, Moore performed to such a level that Colin Cameron was desperate to keep the striker until the end of the season.

By the close of the campaign, Craig had found the net 7 times in 11 starts and one substitute appearance.

Indeed that record would have been even more prolific but for the abandonment of a game where Craig had netted twice against eventual League winners Partick Thistle.

That form was recognised when he was named the SFL’s Young Player of the Month for March.

Shortly after, Craig signed an extended contract with Motherwell seeing him tied to the club until the summer of 2015.

Moore made his debut for the Steelmen in August 2013 as a second half substitute for in the Europa League 2nd leg clash with Russian cracks FC Kuban Krasnodar.

Finding the net consistently in the U20′s Moore’s strike-rate was too good for Stuart McCall for ignore and he played an increasingly prominent role in the first team, not least when he netted a sensational strike against Hearts, seconds after coming off the bench, and when gaining his first top flight start in Motherwell’s 2-0 win over Kilmarnock in November 2013.

A solid debut season in the ‘Well first team ended in disappointment for Moore however when he ruptured his cruciate knee ligament at with just seconds remaining of the penultimate match of the season against Inverness. An injury that will see the striker on the sidelines until late 2014 at least.

It was an injury that would keep Craig on the sidelines for eight months although his immediate future was secured when the club extended his contract by a further season until the summer of 2016.

Returning as a substitute against Celtic in January ’15, by which time Ian Baraclough had succeeded Stuart McCall as manager, Moore played a further 9 times for the ‘Well first team.