James: SPL is ripe for picking

JAMES McArthur believes Roberto Martinez will reap rich rewards if he continues to plunder the SPL for new talent.

The Scottish international midfielder joined Latics from Hamilton last summer, 12 months after former Accies colleague James McCarthy made the same trip down the M6.

Sandwiched in between was the signing of former Celtic captain Gary Caldwell, while Conor Sammon took the former SPL contingent to four when he arrived from Kilmarnock in January.

With each signing proving to be good business, Martinez clearly has his finger on the pulse of the Tartan scene.

And Motherwell hotshot Jamie Murphy is the latest name to be linked with a move to the DW.

McArthur, who keeps a close eye on the Scottish scene from afar, believes that would be a shrewd capture.

“Jamie Murphy’s a good player who’s done ever so well in the SPL so far,” he told the Evening Post.

“I’m not too sure what’s happening on that score, although I have heard the speculation.

“What I do know is if we could get him he would be a great addition to the squad.

“Not many people down here give the SPL the credit it deserves, but it is a very good league.

“There are so many players who have come down here and done well, and long may that continue.”

Motherwell boss Stuart McCall, however, is hoping to keep hold of his prized asset for at least another 12 months.

“Sometimes players leave Scotland for the Premier League or Championship and they are on the bench or reserves,” McCall said.

“I genuinely believe another year and he’ll be ready.”

Another name rumoured to be on Wigan’s wanted list is Derry City winger James McClean, who Martinez again had watched over the weekend.

“I met with Kevin Reeves (Wigan’s chief scout) recently, and there may be movement,” said Derry chairman Philip O’Doherty.