De­nis signs on the dot­ted line

Glens striker ends spec­u­la­tion that he was leav­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drive Time Extra - Dou­glas Dickie

De­nis McLau gh l i n has fi­nally put paid to spec­u­la­tion link­ing him with a move away from Glen­cairn by sign­ing a new deal.

The striker had been linked heav­ily with a re­turn to his old club Arthurlie, but on Mon­day night, Glens fi­nally se­cured their man, bring­ing an end to what threat­ened to turn into a trans­fer saga.

Af­ter two years of in­jury hell, dur­ing which time Glen­cairn stuck by him, De­nis fi­nally re­turned to football last sea­son, bag­ging eight goals in just 12 ap­pear­ances.

He re- signed along­side de­fender David Dun­nachie as the Glens squad con­tin­ues to take shape.

Glens boss Wil­lie Har­vey had been open in his wish to keep the tal­ented 28-year-old.

Wil­lie said: “Ev­ery­one had De­nis go­ing ev­ery­where but we had been talk­ing to him con­stantly.

“We just sat back and let ev­ery­one else spec­u­late.

“We thought at one mo­ment we were go­ing to lose him but we’re de­lighted to have him back.

“It’s a team game, one man doesn’t make a dif­fer­ence but I know the guys we’ve al­ready got up front are happy to have him here.

“David Dun­nachie had ac­tu­ally agreed to sign a while ago. The team isn’t far away from full strength now.”

Glens re­turned to train­ing on Satur­day ( July 4), and although Wil­lie missed the ses­sion, he was happy with what he heard from Joe Pryce and Brian Eadie, who took the reigns in his ab­sence.

Another plus point was the turnout, with 19 bod­ies putting in an ap­pear­ance.

The gaffer said: “It was a good turnout, but that’s what you ex­pect. We knew the play­ers that weren’t go­ing to be there.

“Joe and Brian took the ses­sion and re­ported back that the guys were in rea­son­able con­di­tion and will not take too long to get back to full fit­ness.”

Wil­lie also re­vealed he was still look­ing to add play­ers to the squad, es­pe­cially to his mid­field where he be­lieves they could be short on num­bers.

He said: “There’s been a wee bit go­ing on but not too much. I’m look­ing at another two play­ers over the next two weeks. There’s one player on hol­i­day and another we still need to speak to.

“We’ll run the rule over the boys we’ve in­vited to train­ing as well. We’ve given them the op­tion of get­ting them­selves fit and at the very least, they get a full pre­sea­son out of it.

“We’re still a wee bit short in the mid­field, bod­ies wise.

“We need com­pe­ti­tion for places all over the pitch, we’ve got it up front and at the back.”

Ball games New sign­ings Paddy Cullen and Paul Doyle in ac­tion on the first day of pre-sea­son train­ing

For­ward Chris Zok is one for­ward who could team up with De­nis McLaugh­lin next sea­son

Stay­ing put De­nis McLaugh­lin

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