Martyn Corrigan has revealed Motherwell’s head of recruitment Martin Foyle is leaving no stone unturned as they unearth hidden gems for the club.
But the former Fir Park defender and current scout insists his boss has become the club’s unsung hero as a precious star spotter.
Stephen Robinson’s side racked up a third win in a row with a weekend success at Hearts and a host of Foyle’s treasures were on show at Tynecastle.
Sherwin Seedorf and Jermaine Hylton were both on target as they continue to excel at Well after being drafted in this summer from relative obscurity.
Corrigan insists ex-Port Vale, York and Hereford boss Foyle’s encyclopedic knowledge of English football’s lower reaches is paying dividends at a club with one of the Premiership’s lowest budgets.
He said: “There’s no secret to the success of Motherwell’s recruitment, it’s down to Martin Foyle.
“Then it’s about Stephen Robinson giving his approval but it’s a process that leaves no stone unturned.
“Martin covers the whole of Britain. I cover Scotland and he travels the length and breadth of the country looking at players in the lower leagues.
“He’s bringing in diamonds and we can see again this season he’s unearthed a few more.
“Martin’s a workaholic, he’s watching games every day, sometimes he’s at two or three in the one day to try and find players who can come into Scottish football and perform.
“He spends most of his life in his car and living out of a suitcase as he’s on the road constantly travelling to games.
“The big thing about Martin is the homework he does and the fine detail, that’s what I’ve learned from him. It’s not just about the player, it’s the person.”
Corrigan spent eight years at Well as a player and he’s relishing his off-field role in identifying targets fit to wear
He said: “I will watch a player three or four times then he’ll watch that player three or four times to make sure we’re bringing in the right characters.
“That type has to be someone who’s prepared to work hard and wants to wear that jersey. They have to be prepared to give their all for the club.
“Speed and athleticism are also high on our agenda when we target players. We don’t have the budget to take gambles – we need to be precise about what we want and are getting and Martin is a master at that.
“The fact he’s managed and played at a decent level obviously helps and his contacts down south are varied.”
The likes of Trevor Carson, Cedric Kipre, Charles Dunne and former players Louis Moult and Curtis Main have all been recruited for a relative pittance and Corrigan revealed all have had the hand of Foyle searching through their backgrounds.
He said: “Social media is a big thing now when you look at a player. I know Martin’s big on that when he’s doing his research on a potential signing.
“You can tell so much about a person by looking at their Twitter or Facebook accounts and that’s a useful tool.
“The last thing we want is a player to come in and upset the apple cart. What we do is target potential then Stephen and his coaches work to make them more of a finished article.”