Gus happy to keep his squad

Ma­jor­ity of play­ers will stay at Ham­p­den

Rutherglen Reformer - - Rugby - Will Hen­shaw

Queen’s Park Gus MacPher­son has said he is “de­lighted” with the amount of play­ers he has man­aged to re- sign for next sea­son.

In the close sea­son QP, have typ­i­cally strug­gled to keep hold of their star per­form­ers as clubs with big­ger bud­gets swoop to se­cure their ser­vices.

How­ever Gus is fairly prag­matic about the sit­u­a­tion, pre­vi­ously telling the Re­former it was “all part of the job” at Queen’s Park.

Although there are a few names leav­ing, Gus has man­aged to re-sign a size­able chunk of the play­ing squad.

Tony Quinn, Scott Gibson, Ryan Hynes, Bryan Whar­ton, Ciaran McEl­roy, Paul Woods, Vin­nie Berry, Wil­lie Muir, Gavin Mitchell, Conor McVey, David McWil­liams, John Carter and Sam Ge­orge will all be stay­ing on.

How­ever Lee Dav­i­son, Shaun Fraser, Blair Lochhead, Dar­ren Miller, Shaun Rooney and Ross Gal­lacher have all de­parted to pas­tures new.

Gus said: “We’re de­lighted with the amount of play­ers we’ve man­aged to keep. Some have moved on, but that was al­ways go­ing to hap­pen and we wish them all the best. It’s all part of the job here at Queen’s Park.

“I’m glad we’ve got a sta­ble core of play­ers and I be­lieve it stands us in good stead for next sea­son.

“There’s ob­vi­ously sign­ings we’ll have to make to re­place the play­ers we’ve lost. It’s early doors but we have a few irons in the fire.”

Gus was also pleased to an­nounce that QP’s pre-sea­son sched­ule has been firmed up.

The Spi­ders will play Falkirk at Lesser Ham­p­den on Satur­day, July 4. This will be a closed door game.

Then on Tues­day, July 7, it’s East Kil­bride This­tle at K Park. On Satur­day 11 they will take on Broomhill at Lesser Ham­p­den, which is also a closed door game.

And on Mon­day, July 13, they will travel to Durham for a pre sea­son train­ing camp.

Gus said: “We’ve got our fix­tures sorted up un­til the Petro­face Train­ing Cup starts. I’m pleased with the sched­ule. The play­ers are due back in next week for their fit­ness tests so the hard work will begin then.”

De­par­ture

Shaun Fraser

Squad num­bers Gus MacPher­son is pleased to have re­tained so many of his squad

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