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Newcomer grateful to boss

Newcomer grateful to boss

New signing Paul Paton has paid tribute to Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara for seriously boosting his career prospects.

Paton and his fellow Partick Thistle team-mate Chris Erskine recently agreed on a move to Tannadice and a reunion with their former Jags boss McNamara.

And the 26-year-old has since revealed just how indebted he remains to his Firhill Stadium mentor for regularly offering him renewed self-belief in his own game.

"This is a massive challenge for me," Paton admitted to the Dundee Courier. "I am not going to lie. I am untried and untested at SPL level. However, I wouldn't be here if I didn't think I could do a job for United.

"The manager had been telling me for a season and a half during our time at Thistle that I was an SPL-standard player in the First Division," he added. "I have so much to thank the gaffer for. He has given me confidence."

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Writer:Vital Arabs
Date:Saturday June 8 2013
Time: 1:48PM

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