Keeper heeds Par­ish coun­sel to ‘get up to Scot­land as quickly as you can’

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0 El­liot Par­ish: One-year deal. New Dundee goal­keeper El­liot Par­ish was de­lighted to fi­nally fol­low wide­spread ad­vice and move to Scot­tish foot­ball.

Theenglish­man­joined­dundee last week on a one-year deal af­ter leav­ing Ac­cring­ton.

Par­ish, who will ini­tially be back-up to Scott Bain, has been on the books of nine clubs in England and Wales, in­clud­ing As­ton Villa, Cardiff, Black­pool and Colch­ester.

The 27-year-old said: “A few peo­ple close to me have said it’s a good idea to get up here.

“My ad­viser said when I was 22, 23 to get up here as quickly as I can. It’s taken a bit longer than I would have liked but I have had a num­ber of peo­ple push me this way and it’s nice this op­por­tu­nity has come up.

“For me, the ad­vice was, you have so many big games and you get some good ex­po­sure. It’s com­pet­i­tive and very pas­sion­ate as well.”

Par­ish has been a team-mate of a num­ber of play­ers who have played in Scot­land.

“A good friend of mine, Joe Lewis, is at Aberdeen,” he said. “You have Don Cowie and Kevin Mcnaughton. Those sort of peo­ple have said it’s a good idea to come up here so I have taken their ad­vice.

“I have not spo­ken to Joe but I def­i­nitely need to have a game of golf with him. But hav­ing taken a close look at the way he has done, it just shows it’s a strong league and this year as well it’s go­ing to be as strong as ever.

“To have such big teams in this league, and I clas­sify Dundee as a big team, it’s go­ing to be great to be part of that.”

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