COVE Rangers are delighted to confirm Motherwell attacking midfielder Jamie Semple has joined us on loan for the 2020-21 campaign.

The highly rated 19-year-old has already made his Premiership debut for the Steelmen and been capped for Scotland at under-17, under-18 and under-19 level.

Cove Rangers manager Paul Hartley said: “I would like to thank Motherwell and their manager, Stephen Robinson, for giving us the opportunity to work with Jamie. The loan system proved mutually beneficial to us and the parent clubs of the players we brought in last season and I’m confident that will be the case again with Jamie.”

“He’s an exciting young player and joining us gives Jamie the opportunity to gain more experience of playing at first team level, which will be great for him at this stage of his development.”

Bellshill-born Jamie is product of the SFA performance school at Braidhurst High School, in Motherwell, where Cove Rangers assistant manager Gordon Young also works. The youngster gained high praise for scoring the only goal for the school when they played Benfica’s youth side during a training trip to Portugal.

He joined the Motherwell Youth Academy in 2014 and impressed enough to be handed his debut for their under-20 side at the age of just 14. A pacy forward who can play anywhere along the front line, Jamie made his first team debut for Motherwell in their 4-3 Premiership victory over Dundee in April 2019. He came off the bench to set up Motherwell’s last gasp winner, which was scored by David Turnbull.

He also featured in first team games against St Mirren and St Johnstone towards the end of that season. Jamie helped Motherwell’s Under-20 side beat SPFL sides East Stirling,  Queen of the South, Dumbarton and Annan Athletic and Irish side Sligo Rovers in the Scottish League Challenge Cup over the last couple of seasons. He scored the only goal when Motherwell beat Lowland League side Spartans in the same competition last term.

Jamie is the fourth player with Motherwell connections to have joined the club, following in the footsteps of Adam Livingstone, Broque Watson and Tom Leighton.

He is also the fourth signing made by the manager during the close season after the recent arrivals of defender Adam Livingstone, striker Leighton McIntosh and midfielder Seb Ross.

Everyone at Cove Rangers welcomes Jamie to the club and wishes him well during his time at Balmoral Stadium.

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