He’s back in the Motherwell fold after 10 months battling adversity – and Jake Carroll says extending his Fir Park stay was one of his rehabilitation targets.

The left-back impressed in his first season at Motherwell which was cut short by an achilles injury in February 2020. He returned in December, making four appearances since then, a loud voice in the changing room as Graham Alexander’s side fight for Premiership survival.

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Carroll’s signed a new deal. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Fighting injury through lockdown last year, Carroll is thrilled to have his future sorted after signing a new deal until 2023: “I am delighted. We have been speaking for a couple of weeks. I enjoy the club, I am very happy.

“I’ve played up here before (with Partick Thistle between 2014-15) and I thought it might go the same. Luckily it has. I have really enjoyed the Scottish people and culture, I am really settled here. You get some dark days when you are injured and it’s been target after target. One of them was a new contract and I am happy to do it.”

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One of Alexander’s first tasks as Motherwell boss was getting Caroll down to a long-term deal, which will see the Irishman turn 31 by the time another new deal is needed. An experienced head, he doesn’t mind giving the good and the bad to his teammates.

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Happy to lead his teammates. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

But Carroll reckons the new manager has given everyone a new lease of life ahead of today’s trip to Aberdeen: “It’s a fresh start for the lads, a fresh start for everyone. Aberdeen are a very good side but we have shown in the past we can go there and get a result. We got a result there this season and last season too.

“I like to be vocal. I think being out injured and watching from the outside you can pick up little things. I think since I came back into the team I have shown a bit more of that, a bit of guidance.

“I’m not that shouty in the dressing room, I have a bit of a laugh, but on the pitch I am encouraging them. If they aren’t doing what they are supposed to be doing, I tell them, but if they are doing well, I’ll tell them that too.

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Giving the good with the bad. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“You get that boost when a new manager comes to a new club and he’s excited to meet new boys. We have enjoyed the training so far.”

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