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3 minutes ago, 18May1991 said:

Murphy is, to this day, the most disappointed I have been with a signing. For some reason I was expecting him to be phenomenal, in a good way. Instead, he was dug shite. 
 

Over to you P&B ‘Well fans…. Who is your most hope shattering disappointment of a signing? 

Ross McCormack 2nd time around. No doubt.

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5 minutes ago, 18May1991 said:

Murphy is, to this day, the most disappointed I have been with a signing. For some reason I was expecting him to be phenomenal, in a good way. Instead, he was dug shite. 
 

Over to you P&B ‘Well fans…. Who is your most hope shattering disappointment of a signing? 

I can't remember where the hype was coming from about Murphy - but there definitely was plenty of it. Gash.

The return of Brian McLair must have been the worst one given his career and reputation after leaving us. Sloth is a good shout based on his pedigree.  

Sasa Curcic was one I remember fondly for the fact that I (very naively) thought he'd be brilliant.

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15 minutes ago, 18May1991 said:

Hendry and McClair are good shouts. Expected them to be great.
McCormack, second time round, I didn’t have high hopes for. Not sure why given how good he was first time. 

Was quite excited on hearing about McCormacks imminent return. Seeing him shoehorned into an XXXL top tempered that initial enthusiasm somewhat. 

Major disappointment, but going by his recent past and physical condition, no real surprise. 

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To add to those already mentioned, I’d  probably add Brian Kerr and Bigi to the list.

Don’t get me wrong, you got three of four screamers out of Kerr a season, but aside from that he was the hide and seek champ. Absolutely no heart from someone who was supposedly a Motherwell fan (I’ll hazard a guess he actually wasn’t).

With Bigi, as Cov are my second team, I’d seen a fair bit of him already and based on that I was convinced he was going to be a cracking signing for us. On the other hand, Rose was seen as a good utility / fringe player at Cov and he was often plagued by injury. I would never have guessed Rose to have a better time up here than Bigi.

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I remember thinking Simon Mensing was going to be a great signing for us. McGhee took one look at him and then launched him into the sea. 

I will always wonder what could have been with Wes Fletcher if he hadn't have gotten injured in his second game. 

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The bold Steven Goldcastle must be up there.  I mean, after that thread on Steelmen it was unlikely to turn out to be anything else, but I was particularly annoyed by just how pish he was.

There were quite a few during the Davies era that went down similarly due to their ‘pedigree’ - think Steven Cosgrove, Neil Tarrant, basically anyone we signed for a fee in those days 🙄

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It has to be down to the pedigree of where they've came from and while in the doldrums Villa (despite the assertions of many in Govan) are a massive club in England's second biggest city ...... Ross McCormack.

McClair promised a lot too and nothing came of it.

I'd also put Ole Gunner Solksjaer who we were "so close to signing" and Jari Litmanen who Kampman was best mates with when I think he was at Ajax, they'd have flopped.

Think of all the players we've signed and never seen, that defender in Jan, Sloth (apart from a PaddyPower ad), Parker ... don't think I've seen him in the background of training, Max Johnson's dug .....

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I would never have guessed Rose to have a better time up here than Bigi.


I really liked Andy Rose. Was never fantastic, just a consistent 7/10 every week and went quietly about his business while those around him were bodying anything that moved. Real class act in all his interviews as well.

In terms of disappointments there are a fair few players who did well with us first time round and then didn't get anywhere near it on their return: Stephen Hughes, Henrik Ojamaa, Ross McCormack, David Clarkson.


The Irish trio under Malpas probably takes the award though. Such optimism that they were going to be stand outs, just a pity they were all complete dugmeat.
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I'm struggling to remember any player who came out of nowhere and generated so much excitement as Ojamaa did in his first spell. Every time he got the ball it felt like we were going to see the pistols.

He was dynamite, and just seemed to complement our team incredibly well.

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