Jamie McGrath reveals 'decisive factor' in decision to join Dundee United

Jamie McGrath has revealed that the chance to work with long-term admirer Jack Ross was the telling factor behind his move to Dundee United on a season-long loan from Wigan.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder had other offers from England, Scotland and abroad for his services – with Aberdeen reportedly among the clubs interested – but it was the tenacity of United manager Ross which swung his decision towards Tannadice.

Ross had twice previously attempted to sign the 25-year-old from St Mirren while manager of Hibs, but he has now finally got his man, and McGrath told DUTV: “When I got the word that the gaffer (Ross) wanted me it was a no-brainer, really.

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"I had spoken to him once or twice in the past — so I guess it’s third time lucky now. That was the decisive factor. A few clubs came in for me but, speaking with the gaffer, I knew straight away this is where I want to be.

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“There were a few options down south, a couple up here and a few random ones from abroad. But it was a no-brainer to come here and I am really looking forward to getting going.”

McGrath could now be primed to make his United debut against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa Conference League third qualifying round on Thursday evening.

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“There’s a big European tie coming up and hopefully I will be involved in some capacity,” he added. “There’s a great feel about the place and the club is going in the right direction.

“There’s a buzz about it. Everyone is so excited about the game on Thursday, and as a player, that’s what you feed off. I feel like there could be a few big European nights ahead.

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Jamie McGrath trains with Dundee United on Wednesday after signing on a season long loan from Wigan. (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group)

“You can see the trajectory the club is going in and hopefully I can be a part of that going forward.”

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Manager Ross added: "I’ve tried to sign [Jamie] a couple of times already so my admiration for him as a player is obvious.

“He fits the profile in terms of what we are looking for. We wanted to bring another attack-minded player to the middle of the pitch.

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“We also wanted to bring that increased athleticism and technique so he ticks so many boxes. I’m absolutely thrilled to bring him here."

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