Wil­lie aims for the fab four

Glen­cairn look to make ad­di­tions

Rutherglen Reformer - - Rugby - Dou­glas Dickie

Wil­lie Har­vey hopes to add four new faces to the Glen­cairn squad as soon as the reg­is­tra­tion of ju­nior foot­ballers runs out next week.

Clubs must wait un­til af­ter June 20 be­fore they can of­fi­cially sign play­ers from other clubs, but ev­ery side is al­ready iden­ti­fy­ing tar­gets and talk­ing to play­ers.

Glen­cairn have al­ready added for­mer Cam­bus­lang Rangers striker, Paddy Cullen, to the squad and will look to add more new faces.

As well as Cullen, six play­ers from last year’s squad have been pinned down: JC Hutchi­son, Ross Bal­lan­tyne, Wil­lie Gal­loway, Graeme Brown, Andy Neil and Sean McGuire.

Dean Muir has agreed terms and is ex­pected to sign, but Keiran Don­aghy has de­cided to go into coach­ing at the age of just 23 and won’t be a Glens play­ers next sea­son.

Kris Irvine is still mulling over his op­tions while Wil­lie ex­pects an an­swer from Den­nis McLaugh­lin this week.

Brian Eadie will also re­turn af­ter miss­ing al­most the whole of last sea­son through in­jury.

Wil­lie said wait­ing to sign play­ers was just part and par­cel of the ju­nior game: “It’s not frus­trat­ing, the play­ers are un­der con­tract. You’ve just got to get on with it, it’s the same for other clubs as well.

“Any manager who wants to moan about it is be­ing a hyp­ocrite. I’m not go­ing to moan if man­agers are speak­ing to my play­ers, be­cause that’s one of those things.

“I’m wait­ing on one player this week and if I get him I would be very pleased. I don’t know if we will but it would be great if it hap­pened. “There are four play­ers I’m com­ing to agree­ment with. I’d never say it was guar­an­teed un­til they sign the form, but all be­ing well, I will be very happy with them. It’s a striker, two mid­field­ers and a de­fender.

“There are other of­fers in the fire, we’ve in­vited a few play­ers to pre­sea­son train­ing, so there will be a lot of new faces.”

Last week, Wil­lie said he felt De­nis McLaugh­lin owed the Glens at least an­other sea­son af­ter they stood by him through his in­jury woes.

But the striker has still not signed on the dot­ted line.

Wil­lie said: “I should hear this week. It’s one of those things, we’ve done ev­ery­thing we can, we’ve just got to stand back and hope it’s enough.”

One player who will be in black and white next term is Paddy Cullen.

And Wil­lie pre­dicts he could fill the void left by the de­part­ing Ross McNeil: “Paddy brings pace and en­ergy and he scores goals while also bring­ing other play­ers into the game.

“I’d liken him to Ross McNeil but I ac­tu­ally think he could be bet­ter for the team be­cause he will in­volve other play­ers more.

“That isn’t a crit­i­cism of Ross. He’s a self­ish striker and I mean that in a pos­i­tive way, that’s why he scores so many goals, but Paddy will be more li­able to lay the ball off to a team­mate in a bet­ter po­si­tion.”

Glens start their pre-sea­son train­ing on July 4, and Wil­lie be­lieves the play­ers will be re­freshed af­ter a de­cent break: “It’s a longer break that we’ve per­haps had be­fore.

“It would have been longer if that Rob Roy game had got played quicker, so they’ve had a break be­fore that and now an­other one.

“But a lot of the play­ers I’m speak­ing to are al­ready do­ing their own train­ing.”

Sign­ings Wil­lie Har­vey is work­ing on re­tain­ing mem­bers of his squad

New ad­di­tion The Glens have signed Paddy Cullen from Cam­bus­lang Rangers

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