Former Scotland midfielder Graham Dorrans is eager to start enjoying his football again now that he has joined Dundee.
Dorrans joins Dundee until the end of the season. He had recently left Rangers following an injury ravaged spell at Ibrox. He confirmed that talks had been held with Premier League clubs in England, however nothing came of those discussions and now he is happy to join up with long-time friend James McPake.
“I had conversations with a lot of other teams,” said 32-year-old Dorrans.
“And obviously my friendship with the manager here – I’ve been speaking to him through the summer, and I thought it was best for me to come here and get my fitness levels back up.”
The midfield man also said that he has endured a disappointing time in recent years, but he believes that Dundee is the right place to rediscover his enjoyment of the sport.
“First and foremost, I need to get games under my belt and just get enjoying it again,” he said.
“I missed a lot of football last season and a chunk of the season before, so I’ve been disappointed.
“So, I thought for me to get back playing this is the best place to go and do it.”
Dorrans and Dundee manager James McPake have known each other for a long time having both started their senior careers at Livingston. And the former West Brom and Norwich midfielder revealed that his friendship with McPake always meant that Dundee was an option.
“It was massive,” he said.
“It is no secret that we’ve been good mates for a long time, so as I said, we’ve always kept in touch.
“We’re always speaking every week and obviously since the developments that I left Rangers then we’ve been keeping in touch.
“I’ve been keeping him up to date and he has been keeping me up to date.
“Thankfully it has happened now and, as I say, I can get my head down and concentrate on getting fit and getting the games in.”
Dorrans came off the bench last weekend to make his debut in a 1-0 defeat away to Morton. Despite a disappointing result, Dorrans feels that the team remains upbeat, and he is hopeful that he can help the younger players in the team improve.
“It is still upbeat,” he said.
“Obviously, after the weekend we were disappointed.
“I thought Morton made it difficult for us after they scored.
“They sat in, we couldn’t find that pass to break them down, but we had chances.
“Probably better chances before they scored, but that will come.
“It is a young team as well so hopefully I can come in and help the younger lads develop.”
Dorrans could make his first start for the Dark Blues on Friday night at Queen of the South.