Centre-back Paul McLean, from Musselburgh, was spotted by Norwich's
academy scout Karl Brady, who covers
Scotland and Ireland, and was brought down to Norwich on trial
in December 2005, and offered a place in Norwich's academy for
the 2006/7 season onwards. He is described as "a very calm
and composed central defende who is good in the air and can weigh
in with a goal too. He also likes to bring the ball out from the
back". He is also known as Pablo.
Whilst with Musselbrough, Paul won the League Championship, East
Region Cup, the Steve Maskrey Cup, the Jackie Faichney Memorial
Cup and coming within a whisker of retaining the Scottish Cup.Before
joining Norwich, he was courted by Hibs for almost a year whilst
Dunfermline approached him with a view to signing in 2005 which
was rejected so that he could attract English clubs.
Paul joined the Academy on 3rd July 2006. Paul said "I
was surprised because Norwich is not a team you would have thought
came up to Scotland. But they asked me down and when I was there
they treated me brilliantly. The training academy was great. They
always made you feel welcome - everybody was always there, from
the coaches to the players. It's like I was already part of it,
despite it being my first time down. I was nervous but felt really
welcome." (Alex Schweitzer-Thompson, Edinburgh Evening
n April 2008, Norwich announced that they would not be giving
McLean a professional contract. The following month, he signed
for Scottish Premier League side Falkirk.
In the summer of 2009, Paul transferred to Brechin City, managed
by Jim Duffy. A regular in their first
team, he was voted Player of the Month for both September and
He moved on to Stirling Albion in the summer of 2019.