New sign­ings

Queens bol­ster squad

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - FRONT PAGE - Stephen Tem­lett

It’s been a busy week of ins and outs at Palmer­ston for Queen of the South.

The Doon­hamers have added Bul­gar­ian U21 striker Niko­lay Todorov and mid­fielder Dom Thomas on loan un­til the end of the sea­son.

Kil­marnock’s Thomas re­turns to Palmer­ston for his sec­ond loan pe­riod.

Head­ing out on loan is Andy Stir­ling who joins Dum­bar­ton for the rest of the sea­son. Ewan Gourlay has joined Dal­beat­tie Star on a de­vel­op­ment loan.

Boss Gary Nay­smith said: “It’s been a busy cou­ple of days. With other sign­ings like Myles Beer­man we had more time.

“But I’m de­lighted with what we’ve got and want to thank the par­ent clubs who have been great with us and the board as well for mak­ing th­ese moves pos­si­ble.

“With Andy Stir­ling, I feel there’s a player in there and he may feel I’ve not given him a run of games.

“Hope­fully he can get a run of games with Dum­bar­ton and kick on. He wanted to go on loan and we set about get­ting a re­place­ment and con­tacted Kil­lie about Dom straight away.

“If he can make the same im­pact as last time that would be great. But he’s got a bit more ex­pe­ri­ence in the top flight now so hope­fully he can bring even more to the team.”

Loa­nee Todorov, 21, first signed for Not­ting­ham For­est in 2014 and has also had spells with Hearts and Liv­ingston.

Nay­smith said: “Niko­lay came about on dead­line day. He of­fers some­thing dif­fer­ent and he’s a tar­get man whereas Lyn­don Dykes and

Ross Fer­gus­son like to run in be­hind.

“Niko­lay was re­ally keen to join us once we ex­pressed an in­ter­est and I have to thank the Board and also Craig Levein at Hearts for mak­ing the loan move pos­si­ble.”

The new sign­ings will go into the squad for Satur­day’s game at St Mir­ren. Derek Lyle has suf­fered a re­cur­rence of his calf in­jury and Queens hope to be at full strength in the next few weeks.

Nay­smith said: “Satur­day is prob­a­bly the hard­est game you could get. They have the record at the minute in the league but we be­lieve we haven’t done our­selves jus­tice in the last two games against them.

“We were 2-0 up the last time and they won 3-2 so this time we need to try and shut the back door. We want to cor­rect those pre­vi­ous re­sults.”

Niko­lay Todorov

Dom Thomas

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