It’s great to be back

Chance to re­turn was ‘no-brainer’ for mid­fielder

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - THE BACK PAGE - Stephen Tem­lett

Queens’ new sign­ings have spo­ken of the easy de­ci­sions to join the club.

Dom Thomas spent the lat­ter part of last sea­son on loan at the Doon­hamers and is aim­ing for the play-offs.

He comes back to Palmer­ston with a bit more ex­pe­ri­ence af­ter play­ing for Kil­marnock in the top flight.

The 21-year-old said: “I got off to a great start at Rugby Park. I played the first 10 games and was do­ing well but, as of­ten hap­pens in foot­ball, there was a change of man­ager.

“As soon as I heard Queens were in­ter­ested, it was a no-brainer for me.

“I loved it the last time when I had a good six months and I’m hop­ing to have an even bet­ter six months this time.

“It’s a great team and a great group of boys. There is no rea­son why we shouldn’t be in the play-offs.

“We will keep work­ing hard in train­ing and aim to pick up a good few points.

“It’s good to be back with the team again. It wasn’t the best start, los­ing 2-0 to St Mir­ren on Satur­day, but we will dust our­selves down and come back fight­ing for the Mor­ton game next week.”

Another Jan­uary ad­di­tion, Niko­lay Todorov also made his de­but for the club dur­ing the fi­nal 20 min­utes in Pais­ley.

The Hearts loa­nee said: “It was a quick de­ci­sion I had to make.

“I had heard good things about the boys and the gaffer and Queens are a club with am­bi­tions so al­though it was a quick de­ci­sion that I am happy to have made.”

In the lead up to the game, it was an­nounced by the club that Cal­lum Fordyce had ex­tended his con­tract for another sea­son.

He said: “The gaffer spoke to me a wee while ago. It’s the first time in my ca­reer I’ve been of­fered a new con­tract dur­ing the sea­son and I’m de­lighted to get it over the line. It gives you se­cu­rity and you can en­joy your sum­mer.

“I like the club – the gaffer and Dougie are bril­liant and it’s prob­a­bly the best group of boys I’ve been in so

easy.”

It’s a free week­end for Queens as the Scot­tish Cup re­turns but the Doon­hamers will be back next Satur­day when they take on Mor­ton at Palmer­ston.

Mean­while the Dundee United game, which was aban­doned ear­lier this sea­son, will now be played at Palmer­ston on Tues­day March 13 at 7.45pm.

Sup­port­ers are be­ing given the op­por­tu­nity to meet Man­ager, Gary Nay­smith and his coach­ing team in a spe­cially ar­ranged “Meet the Man­ager” evening on Satur­day March 17.

Or­gan­ised by the SLO Com­mit­tee, for­mer play­ers Paddy Atkin­son and Steven “Bowser” Bowey will be in at­ten­dance for a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion.

Tick­ets cost £5.00 and are on sale from the SLO com­mit­tee mem­bers with prof­its go­ing to­wards the re­fur­bish­ment of the flood­lights. The event starts at 7.30pm in the Palmer­ston lounge bar.

Dom Thomas

Jumped at the chance of a sec­ond spell at Palmer­ston

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