Dunfermline manager Stevie Crawford believes that the signing of Fraser Murray on loan from Hibs can only benefit the player, the club and his parent club.

Murray has performed well for a Dunfermline side which has surged to the top of the league table. Crawford has admitted that he would like to bring the player to East End Park on a permanent basis.

Positives all round for manager

However, he recognises that the player might well want to return to Easter Road when his loan spell is up. Crawford can see positives to that too, though.

Dunfermline manager Stevie Crawford

Dunfermline manager Stevie Crawford (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group via Getty Images)

“I’m not naive. I realise that if things don’t work out for Fraser at Hibs, then we hope we will have made a lasting impression and he would maybe regard Dunfermline as a place he would like to play his football” Crawford said.

 

“He has developed”

“But, he has developed in his short spell here and hopefully he keeps that progress going and can go back to Hibs and compete for a place there” Crawford went on, before addressing what could happen if the player returns to Hibernian.

Hibs loanee Fraser Murray and Stevie Crawford

Fraser Murray and Stevie Crawford (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“If things do work out for him at Hibs, he can talk to younger players there and convince them that if the opportunity arises then they should sign for ourselves or join us on loan. So it works all ways” he concluded.

Crawford’s logic seems sound. That is the way all loan deals should work. They should benefit the player, the club and the parent club. At the moment Dunfermline are benefiting, perhaps Hibernian will in the future when Murray returns to the club.

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