Willie hopes to bring‘pace and en­ergy’to squad

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport - Dou­glas Dickie

Glen­cairn have un­veiled eight new sign­ings for the com­ing sea­son.

Gaffer Willie Harvey has raided the Ross­vale squad who came close to win­ning pro­mo­tion into the Su­per­league First Di­vi­sion, with five play­ers mak­ing the switch.

Striker Jay McKay will be joined by club cap­tain and de­fender Rhys Don­ald­son.

Also mov­ing from the Bish­op­briggs out­fit are de­fender Craig McGre­gor, mid­fielder Jamie Hunter and Fraser Team, who plays up front.

Jamie Hamilton, who can play out wide or in mid­field, ar­rives from Les­ma­hagow af­ter sweep­ing the board at their end of sea­son awards.

De­fender Stu­art Hunter also joins from the ’Gow.

Mak­ing up the eight new faces is Jor­dan Mar­shall, a de­fender who joins from Larkhall This­tle.

De­spite all com­ing from a di­vi­sion be­low the Glens, Harvey reck­ons the play­ers will give the side some­thing they lacked last sea­son.

He said: “They will all bring pace and en­ergy and that is some­thing we were miss­ing .

“The likes of Jay McKay and Fraser Team will bring goals. They scored nearly 40 be­tween them last sea­son, and Jamie Hamilton scored quite a few at Les­ma­hagow.

“Fi­nally, they will bring com­pe­ti­tion for places, and that’s some­thing we didn’t have at the end of last sea­son.

“They are all young guys, in their early to mid- 20s. But they do have ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The Ross­vale lads were run­ning away with their league last year un­til the man­age­ment team went to East Kil­bride in the Low­land League and some of th­ese guys were tar­geted by them.”

As well as the new sign­ings, Harvey has se­cured a num­ber of play­ers from last sea­son’s squad.

Signed up so far are JC Hutchi­son, Andy Neil, David Dun­nachie, Brian Eadie, Alan Muir, Sean McGuire, Tony Fraser and Derek McNab.

In ad­di­tion to that, Ryan Ben­nett, An­thony Dempsey, Ross McConville, Mark McHendry, Shaun Roberts, Danny Salah and Dale Wal­lace all make the step up from the un­der 21 side.

De­spite sign­ing up the new play­ers, Harvey does not feel he is dras­ti­cally chang­ing his squad.

He said: “It’s not so much an over­haul as we’ve still kept most of last sea­son’s squad.

“At the end of the sea­son we never had a full bench.

“Th­ese are all play­ers we have known about for a long, long time.

The Glens will be back for pre­sea­son train­ing on July 2.

Harvey added: “We only fin­ished two weeks ago and we wanted to give the boys a de­cent break.”

Busi­ness Willie Harvey has al­ready brought in eight new faces to the Cel­sius Sta­dium

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