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James Vincent can add goals says Dundee boss Hartley


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Paul Hartley is backing new boy James Vincent to provide the goals from midfield that Dundee lack.

The Dark Blues gaffer admits that last season, despite having two of the most prolific forwards in the division in the shape of Kane Hemmings and Greg Stewart, his team did not contribute enough goals from other areas.

And he reckons that Vincent, a capture from Inverness, can help to change that.

Paul explained: “Vincent will operate as an attacking midfielder for us.

“We lacked goals from the middle of the park last season but we see Vincent getting into the box for us.”

The signing of Englishman Vincent, who endured an injury-hit campaign at Caley last season, throws into doubt the role of Dens Park favourite Gary Harkins.

Paul says that he sees Vincent operating in the same role as Harkins, who towards the back end of last season took up the option of another year at the club.

The positive thing, for the manager at least, is that he almost has two players for every position in his squad, making competition for places high.

Another area where that is ramping up, ahead of the players’ return to pre-season later this week, is out wide.

And the manager says Danny Williams, the other player added on a free from the Highlands, could play a big part next campaign.

“Williams, who has good pace and good quality, will play off the left for us,” said Paul.

“But he is versatile down that side. He can play through the middle, also.

“That gives us lots of options.”

Meanwhile, having completed the majority of his summer business this pre-season, Paul has praised those above him for the stability they have brought.

The Dundee boss admits that calm off the park at Dens, for the first time in a long while, has allowed him to attract a better of calibre of player to the club.

He said: “The club has improved enormously in my time here.

“Off the pitch there is stability surrounding the club.

“With the people who own the club now, everything is working well for us.

“I think the squad has really improved and we can attract better players.

“I feel there has been a big improvement all over.”

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