Saints boss busy shap­ing his squad

The Galloway News - - READER TRAVEL - Stu­art Gille­spie

St Cuth­bert Wan­der­ers have bol­stered their squad for the new sea­son.

The Kirkcud­bright side have added a num­ber of play­ers but won’t be nam­ing them pub­licly un­til they can be reg­is­tered on July 1.

Co-man­ager Craig Fraser said: “We’ve got five done and dusted, the forms are signed but we can’t regis­ter them at the moment so I don’t want to name names.

“We looked at the ar­eas where we needed to strengthen and I think those were the best that were avail­able to us in those po­si­tions.

“The ma­jor­ity of the squad have agreed to stay on, which is a big dif­fer­ence to a year ago.”

How­ever, three mem­bers of last sea­son’s squad have de­parted.

Goalie Dale Leith is leav­ing as is striker Craig Rudd, who re­tired last term be­fore mak­ing a come­back.

And Blair Dougan is leav­ing to sign for the re­turn­ing Wig­town, who are man­aged by his dad Mickey.

Fraser said: “It’s the dif­fi­cult side of man­age­ment and un­for­tu­nately we’ve told Dale it’s time to move on.

“Blair’s dad has taken over at Wig­town and blood is thicker than wa­ter. I think if his dad hadn’t taken the job there he’d have stayed.

“I don’t know if Craig will con­tinue his play­ing ca­reer some­where else but I think he feels his time has come to an end at Saints.”

Saints have lined up pre-sea­son friendlies against a Queen of the South se­lect, Les­ma­hagow Ju­niors, Sum­mer­hill and Scaur at St Mary’s Park as well as a trip to Annbank United. Dates are to be con­firmed.

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