Mac's prize target

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Date: Feb. 8, 2002
Publisher: Newsquest Media Group Ltd.
Document Type: Brief article
Length: 310 words

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Byline: Thomas Jordan

JAMES McFadden has vowed to continue turning on the style after being named SPL Young Player of the Month. It's not that he has already set his sights on future honours; the Motherwell hit-kid just wants to become a first team regular. But he will be a frustrated spectator tomorrow, however, as a one-game suspension rules him out for the visit of Hibs. The 18-year-old has been in fantastic form since Eric Black gave him his break and has been tipped to go on to bigger and better things. However, Black does not have to worry about McFadden allowing his early success to go to his head. The Fir Park star said: ''I'm delighted about being named Young Player of the Month because there are a number of good players at my age level in the Premier League. ''It's my first award as a senior player but, to be honest, I'm more interested in pleasing the gaffer and doing a job for Motherwell than being nominated for prizes. ''I've just broken into the first team and I've a lot of hard work ahead of me if I want to achieve something in the game.''

McFadden praised the more experienced players at Fir Park for making the step-up so smooth. He added: ''Stephen Pearson, Keith Lasley and I have all broken through at the same time. ''Any young player stepping up needs time to find their feet, but the other guys who have been around for longer have been great.''

Lasley, meanwhile, returns after suspension. lLivingston have been boosted by the return of Philippe Brinquin from injury and he joins the squad to face Dundee United at Almondvale. Stuart Lovell and Javier Broto are both back in full training. lDundee could be without playmaker Beto Carranza for the visit of St Johnstone.

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