Dundee have announced the signing of midfielder Martin Woods on a short-term deal until January 2019.
32-year-old Woods had been without a club since leaving Partick Thistle in the summer and becomes manager Jim McIntyre’s first signing as he attempts to move the Dens Park club off the foot of the Scottish Premiership table.
McIntyre knows Woods from their time together at Ross County and he believes he can help him as he seeks to reshape the Dundee squad.
“Woods is a player I know very well,” said McIntyre at his Friday press conference.
“I had three years with him at Ross County.
“Martin has been without a club since he left Partick Thistle.
“I know exactly what he will bring on and off the park.
“It’s a short-term deal which suits both parties, it allows us to see how his fitness is because he has been training on his own and it also allows him time to get himself into the team and then we will review it in January.
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“He has got very good experience and knows exactly what I expect from teammates in certain positions.
“So, that’s a good thing for me to have because he has worked with me before and he knows exactly what I am looking for within certain systems.
“He can help that in the dressing room.”
Dundee need all the help they can get at the moment having endured a barren run of form with 10 of their 11 league games this season ending in defeats. They visit Motherwell on Saturday off the back of a three game run in which McIntyre’s men have conceded 12 and have failed to score a single goal.
In contrast, Motherwell arrested their poor form with a 2-0 win at St Mirren on Wednesday and McIntyre is clear about what he feels his side need to do better in order to win on Saturday.
“We’ve got to get in people’s faces quicker,” he said.
“We’ve got to play with a lot higher tempo in terms of the way we move without the ball and with the ball.
“And that’s something that is not going to happen overnight because it has been a different style previously.
“We want to try and make sure the players really understand that that’s going to be what is required to try to take us up the table.”
The Dundee manager pinpoints Motherwell’s physicality as a threat and expects a battle, however he is clear that his players will need to stand up if they want to secure points at Fir Park.
“Motherwell have got some very good individual players and they’ve got a lot of strength,” said McIntyre.
“They’ve got a lot of physicality which has been much talked about, but they are good players as well.
“We need to stand up to that, we need to stand up to the battle.
“Try and win the battle first and foremost and then go and play.”
On the injury front, only Josh Meekings is ruled out completely and McIntyre hinted that new singing Martin Woods could be involved.