Back at Dens it became apparent that not everyone was dismayed by the departure of Duffy, George Shaw making a surprise return to The Dee. The striker, who had arrived at Dundee from Partick Thistle in 1994 alongside his teammate Gerry Britton (the duo’s appearance going a long way to softening the blow of Billy Dodds’ sale to St Johnstone) having recently departed Dens under a cloud. Starting the season by signing monthly deals with Duffy, the fans’ favourite would end up with a short-term loan at League of Ireland club Home Farm, before potential moves to Real Mallorca and Lleida in Spain and Germans, Stuttgart Kickers, in reality, turned out to be nothing more than the offer of a trial with each of the respective clubs.
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Available to teams out with his homeland on a free, the fact that Scottish teams would still have to part with cash to secure the in-demand striker’s services scuppered a move to St Johnstone, whose offer for Shaw was £15,000 short of the £60,000 Dundee were demanding. Although Dunfermline were willing to meet that asking price, but couldn’t agree personal terms with the player.