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Shiels signs pre-contract with Accies

Hamilton Academical FC is delighted to announce the club have agreed terms with Rangers left-back Matthew Shiels on a pre contract agreement.

The 20-year-old has already amassed vital first-team experience in Scottish football with the likes of Clyde, Dumbarton, and Edinburgh City.

Shiels, who has over 20 appearances at Scotland U19 level, will join up with the Brian Rice’s squad this summer.

The full back spoke exclusively to the club’s website.

He said: “Coming here the aim is to break into the first team and get as many first-team appearances as I can. I have played a lot of reserve and lower league football in previous years which has been fantastic for me, and now I make the step up and challenge myself to improve.

“Whenever I have played Hamilton’s youth sides in the past it has always been a tough game and the players work very hard. Now I have taken a step inside and seen the number of young players who are training with the squad and I like that. For me, I am looking forward to this challenge and I can’t wait to get started.”

Head Coach Brian Rice said: “I am delighted to have Matthew as part of our squad for next season. He is a player who we have been impressed with for a long time. He is only 20 and to have the amount of experience which he has is fantastic. He definitely improves the squad of players which we have here and we can’t wait to get working with him.”


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