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 James Craigen
Topic Originator: Connor560  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 09:41

Has left Arbroath...would take him back here straight away!

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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 09:52

I saw something saying Jason Thomson wanted to leave as he was finding it difficult to reconcile the time spent on football with his job. I was surprised to read that JT was 35!

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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: EastEndTales  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 10:25

Craigan would be a great bench player but would he be happy with that ? No idea.

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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 10:49

Presumably he`s part-time which might be a problem. I don`t think he`s the type of player we`re needing right now.

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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: par-91  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 11:56

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wee eck, Fri 2 Sep 10:49

Presumably he`s part-time which might be a problem. I don`t think he`s the type of player we`re needing right now.


In a small squad, I’d argue that a player who can provide cover for a number of positions is exactly what we need. He wouldn’t necessarily strengthen the first choice 11, but we need cover and he would provide that for a number of different positions.
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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 12:15

I suspect Craigen is looking for a regular start at this stage of his career.

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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: DA-go Par Adonis  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 12:44

You figure he`d look at Todd, Allan and Chalmers and conclude he`d not be able to force his way into the midfield?

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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 12:55

I don`t think he`d be a certain starter. I don`t think having a part-timer in the squad would work either but that`s a different debate. Dorrans leaving increases the urgency of getting a new midfielder in though. Has Shaun Byrne`s situation at Dundee been resolved yet?

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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: DA-go Par Adonis  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 13:02

I don`t think he`d be a certain starter either. However, I think Craigen would look at our current situation and believe he had more than enough ability to hold down a place.

Also, we`ve no idea of his circumstances. He might have been part-time for the last couple of seasons but could be up for playing full-time again. He`s spent the majority of the last 10 years as a full-time footballer.

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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: red-star-par  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 13:07

We are cutting our nose of to spite our face by not having a hybrid model of full and part time players. Just get the full time players and academy guys training with the part timers on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 7 and 9.30. As we`ve seen this transfer window, full time players don`t want to drop down to the third tier, and there are part time players who would walk into our team. Over the past 20 years we have seen teams like Dumbarton, Alloa and Arbroath establish themselves in the Championship by being able to attract the best part time players. I`m not saying go totally part time, but needs must to get back into the Championship
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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: onandupthepars  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 13:07

Gave us a pretty hard time in the 4-2 game. I have an abiding image of him attacking at will doon the left wing. I can`t understand folk saying he`d be on the bench. In this league he`d be a no-brainer starter for me. I always liked his attitude - hard worker, with ability, seemed right for our club - one I regretted we parted with.



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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 13:13

`one I regretted we parted with.`

Wasn`t it his decision to leave? He went down to the National League.

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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: onandupthepars  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 13:17

OK, whatever - he was one I`d really wish was still a Par. I felt similar about Euan Murray - they both seemed like proper Pars players to me - no` like a lot o` them that have passed through.



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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: Berkey  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 13:43

Not sure on this, as we improved up to the top half of the championship he was left wanting but given where we are now he’s probably a decent and possibly cheap versatile player for this season.

Safer bet than a raw teenager who’s barely kicked a ball in the seniors anyway!

Things will be looking up……..now yogi is gone!

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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: DA-go Par Adonis  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 14:15

He`s the right character, that`s for sure. There was a reason why the tone of the press release from the club when he left was different to that of others leaving.

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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: AJ27  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 15:16

Not for me - great guy and works hard but no better than what we have - we need width and/or creativity and he’s not the answer - don’t see him playing ahead of the current players.

One player I did rate who I felt was never given a chance was Reece Cole and as far as I’m aware he’s still without a club?

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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: bencrawfordd  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 15:21

Reece Cole now plays in the 8th or 9th tier in England

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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: Gaz3822  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 15:46

I`d give him a season as a utility player

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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: DAFCinBK  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 15:46

I would welcome him back. A good option in midfield, full back or on wing. Not going to dazzle but at least at the level of those we have and would provide competition for places as well as cover. I probably had him down as one of the players of the year when he was with us and I was also sad to see him go. By all accounts a committed and valued member of the squad and his attitude seemed superb on the pitch and in interviews. He might just be happy to come to us to, which seems rare and as a free agent he wouldn`t take up one of the loan slots. Can`t really see an argument against, except perhaps if he doesn`t want to go back full time.

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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: Bannockburn Par  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 16:18

Craigen was average at best during his time here, not for me.
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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: da_no_1  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 16:43

Average in the Championship should do fine in this league

"Some days will stay a 1000 years, some pass like the flash of a spark"
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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: GG Riva  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 16:52

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red-star-par, Fri 2 Sep 13:07

We are cutting our nose of to spite our face by not having a hybrid model of full and part time players. Just get the full time players and academy guys training with the part timers on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 7 and 9.30. As we`ve seen this transfer window, full time players don`t want to drop down to the third tier, and there are part time players who would walk into our team. Over the past 20 years we have seen teams like Dumbarton, Alloa and Arbroath establish themselves in the Championship by being able to attract the best part time players. I`m not saying go totally part time, but needs must to get back into the Championship


Literally nobody - managers and players - likes a hybrid model, RSP. PT players have to train in the evenings, FT players don`t want to, especially if they have families and live some distance away - they`d be travelling to and from training in the dark for a good chunk of the season. FT players are also in 4 days a week, rather than 4 hours, they have at least a couple of gym sessions, time to review the previous game and discuss tactics for the next one. And injured players can get treatment from the club physio. How would you fit all that into two evenings of 2 hrs each?



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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: obiwanyouknowme  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 17:02

Looks like kelty for him

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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: obiwanyouknowme  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 17:04

Maybe not Jason Thompson see

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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: Angus_W  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 17:06

Hybrid is the way to go.

Surely the club can be creative with the set-up to accommodate FT/PT.

As I recall a PT setup wiped the floor with the Pars 4 times last season. The FT wages at this end of the SPFL can’t be that great so PT may appeal.

“.........your on mute Jordan” 😀
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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 17:12

So two months into the season we should switch from full-time to a hybrid model? What would be the ratio of PT to FT and how long would it take to achieve it? Would we switch back to FT if we won promotion? No football club with serious ambitions would contemplate that unless they were in a financial crisis.

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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: dafc111  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 17:12

Signed for FC Edinburgh
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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: DA-go Par Adonis  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 17:27

He was p1 sh anyway...

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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: EastEndTales  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 17:35

Quote:

DA-go Par Adonis, Fri 2 Sep 17:27

He was p1 sh anyway...


Not that anyone there can make out who`s playing there anyway.

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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: GG Riva  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 17:54

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Angus_W, Fri 2 Sep 17:06

Hybrid is the way to go.

Surely the club can be creative with the set-up to accommodate FT/PT.

As I recall a PT setup wiped the floor with the Pars 4 times last season. The FT wages at this end of the SPFL can’t be that great so PT may appeal.


So you would impose a set-up that nobody who has to participate in wants, Angus? What a popular man you would be.... 😃



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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: da_no_1  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 18:33

Quote:

DA-go Par Adonis, Fri 2 Sep 17:27

He was p1 sh anyway...


Yeah but he done no bad on .net for an hour or so

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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: JTH123  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 18:53

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DA-go Par Adonis, Fri 2 Sep 17:27

He was p1 sh anyway...


Wasn`t he player of the year in the full season he played here?
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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: da_no_1  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 18:54

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JTH123, Fri 2 Sep 18:53

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DA-go Par Adonis, Fri 2 Sep 17:27

He was p1 sh anyway...


Wasn`t he player of the year in the full season he played here?


Wooooosh 😁🙈

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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: AJ27  
Date:   Fri 2 Sep 19:32

No, he wasn’t

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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: Angus_W  
Date:   Sat 3 Sep 08:36

Why not try something different, give it a shot & see if it works. Running a football club is not a popularity contest.

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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: eastendalloapar  
Date:   Sat 3 Sep 08:45

James was a decent player for us and was a very pleasant human being. Good luck in the future James.

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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: Pars Athletic  
Date:   Sat 3 Sep 11:34

Signs for Edinburgh fc
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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: PARrot  
Date:   Sat 3 Sep 14:20

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Angus_W, Sat 3 Sep 08:36

Why not try something different, give it a shot & see if it works. Running a football club is not a popularity contest.


Tell that to any manager who has "lost the dressing room".

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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: parathetic  
Date:   Sat 3 Sep 16:46

Would have took him back in a heartbeat, seems to be firing on all cylinders for FC Edinburgh
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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: Paralex  
Date:   Sat 3 Sep 17:51

Scored twice for Edinburgh City today?

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 Re: James Craigen
Topic Originator: jake89  
Date:   Sat 3 Sep 17:55

Heard he scored for Edinburgh City today. Some say it may even have been two goals.
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