Training with Hamilton Accies made Stephen O’Donnell desperate to get back playing football, and he’s delighted to have landed a short-term deal at Motherwell.

The Scotland defender on Thursday evening signed a deal until January and hopes to be thrown in against Hibernian at Easter Road on Saturday.

He says the situation suits both himself and the Fir Park club, who were left short at the back due to injuries.

O’Donnell said: “I had waited long enough. I was fed up in the house and OK, I was training with Hamilton Accies, which was brilliant and I loved it, but I wanted to get back playing.

“I think it was worse because I was training with the boys every day and then seeing them going and playing, while I was doing radio and whatnot. I loved doing that but you’re commentating on games you really wish you were playing in.

Stephen has been capped for Scotland

“It was starting to get a bit frustrating, so I’m delighted to be back.

“I had heard from the manager who had shown a bit of interest at the tail-end of last week and right away I was interested.

“I’ve not played for four-and-a-half or five months now, so I was starting to itch to get back in. Stephen Robinson had a few problems with injuries and was looking for a short-term solution, and I was more than happy to oblige.

“The club is at my doorstep, I know a lot of the people involved, so I was more than happy, and adding into the mix is playing in Europe. They finished third last season and they play a good, attractive brand of football, and on a grass pitch which will be a nice change.

“I had offers down south but they weren’t right, whether financially or the club all-round, it didn’t matter, because it needed to be right for my family and I don’t think I can get any more right than two minutes down the road."

O’Donnell reckons he will be fit enough to play his part against second-placed Hibs, but admits that will be the manager’s decision.

“I’ve kept myself ticking over even before I went in to Hamilton, and in there I was able to have any GPS on, the club have been great, so I can fire all that stuff over to the staff here.

“I certainly think I’m capable of playing, but it has been a long time and these are the manager’s decisions. I’m signed now, so it’s up to him what he does.

Manager Stephen Robinson played a big part in O'Donnell's decision to sign

“If the manager wants me to play left-back I’m more than happy to do so, I’ll try my best and if it’s good enough then I’ll keep playing, and if it’s not I’m sure he won’t be happy and will let me know.

“I payed right of a three at Kilmarnock, played left-back at Thistle, I think, and I’ve played in a back three for Scotland, so I think I’m relatively flexible.

“It’s a solution for both parties. They need to get replacements in, so it was good for me to come in and get football. If I’m doing well and they’re happy I’m sure there will be discussions, but equally there is the flexibility that if I’m having a stinker they can go ‘off you pop’ so it’s a good decision for both.”

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