It’s all change at ‘Lie

Mackie signs 17 play­ers

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The open­ing of the regis­tra­tion win­dow has been met with great ex­cite­ment at Arthurlie – with the Bar­rhead side start­ing the sea­son with 17 new sign­ings.

Boss Chris Mackie had al­ways vowed to over­haul the squad this sum­mer, hav­ing been left dis­mayed by dis­ci­plinary is­sues ever since tak­ing the reins from Ste­vie Ker­ri­gan at the half­way point of last sea­son.

And the for­mer Cly­de­bank striker has stuck to his word, bring­ing in 13 new play­ers and ty­ing down four of last sea­son’s side on fresh con­tracts.

Thirty- one- year- old mid­fielder Marc McKen­zie joins the ju­niors from League Two side Clyde, where he made 11 ap­pear­ances last sea­son.

Ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in the se­nior ranks sees him ar­rive with more than 300 games un­der his belt, fol­low­ing stints at the likes of Sten­house­muir and Cowdenbeath. McKen­zie started his ca­reer with Al­bion Rovers in 2003.

For­mer Auchin­leck Tal­bot stal­wart Colin Spence has also signed on the dot­ted line, fol­low­ing a spell with Troon, while for­mer Clyde and Peter­shill striker Michael Daly be­came the club’s third ad­di­tion as he joined from South­side ri­vals Pol­lok.

For­mer tri­al­ists Ryan Mc­Neil and Jamie Lind­say have both agreed per­ma­nent deals with the club, hav­ing played a hand­ful games to­wards the end of last sea­son, with Lind­say net­ting a vi­tal goal in the clash with Gle­nafton as ‘Lie con­firmed their league sta­tus for another sea­son.

Another man join­ing the club from ri­vals Pol­lok is de­fender Chris Walker. The 6ft 5in cen­tre back is sure to add a pres­ence on the back­line, with Mackie look­ing to shore up the de­fence that plagued the side through­out last sea­son.

With that in mind, de­fender Steven Tart has re­turned to the club he played for two sea­sons ago, re­turn­ing to Bar­rhead af­ter a spell with Ross­vale in the Cen­tral District First Di­vi­sion.

Tart was orig­i­nally signed by Robert Downs but fell out of favour fol­low­ing an in­jury.

Winger Alex Wyper has signed fol­low­ing a spell in the US on a sports schol­ar­ship. Wyper started his ca­reer with Hearts, go­ing on to fea­ture for Raith Rovers be­fore tak­ing up the of­fer to move to the States.

Pacey striker Chris Lennon signs from Cum­ber­nauld United, while left-sided player Jor­dan Craig has ar­rived at Dun­ter­lie af­ter a suc­cess­ful spell at Blan­tyre Vic­to­ria, where he im­pressed with his set piece abil­ity.

Re­turn­ing to the club is goal­keeper An­ton Nugent, who will serve as backup to first-choice stop­per Grant Hay. Nugent comes back to Dun­ter­lie fol­low­ing a spell away un­der Davie Greig at Gart­cairn.

And he was quickly fol­lowed in the door by fi­nal sign­ings Ma­cAuley Wil­son and Steven Weir, who join the club from East Re­gion side Fauld­house United.

The left mid­fielder ar­rives to pro­vide com­pe­ti­tion on the flanks, while Weir is a striker.

Re-sign­ing for the club is Hay, who was a revelation be­tween the sticks, hav­ing signed from Mary­hill last sea­son.

Hay picked up the end-of-sea­son Player of the Year award.

Join­ing him in re-sign­ing at the club are young­ster Josh Gra­ham, Gra­ham Gir­van and full-back and for­mer Kil­birnie Lade­side man, Kieran Bran­nan.

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