Orsi signs up for Star

Ex-Glens man is a‘coup’

The Galloway News - - Front Page -

Dal­beat­tie Star boss Ritchie Maxwell be­lieves the club has pulled off a “pretty big coup” by en­tic­ing Dan Orsi to Isle­croft.

The mid­fielder has moved to Star af­ter leav­ing ju­nior side Gle­nafton Ath­letic, where he won the Scot­tish Ju­nior Cup in 2017.

The for­mer Queen of the South young­ster isn’t the only new sign­ing as goalie Dar­ren Martin has re­turned to the club while de­fender Jack Dickinson has ar­rived from Gretna.

Maxwell said: “I think Dan is a pretty big coup for the club. He has been in the ju­niors for the last few sea­sons, got man of the match awards and played in cup fi­nals.

“I think we have ben­e­fited from the cur­rent cir­cum­stances. In a nor­mal sit­u­a­tion, he would have had of­fers from other clubs and it’s come along at the right time for us.

“He’s one I’ve tried to sign be­fore but it never worked out.

“He is big and phys­i­cal which you need in this league but he’s also got pace and scored plenty of goals for Glens. Hope­fully that con­tin­ues with us.

“We lost Vin­nie Parker when he took the Th­reave job so it was im­por­tant we found a goal­keeper. Dar­ren Martin had signed for Niths­dale but he had never played a game for them due to the pan­demic and we were able to sign him up.

“He’s one of the best goal­keep­ers in the re­gion. He’s played South­ern Coun­ties in re­cent sea­sons for dif­fer­ent rea­sons but he’s now back play­ing at the level I think he should be at and we’re de­lighted to have him.

“Jack is a centre half I’ve tried to sign a cou­ple of times but it didn’t hap­pen so it’s third time lucky.

“I think he will be an­other mas­sive ad­di­tion for us in de­fence. He’s big and phys­i­cal, has Low­land League ex­pe­ri­ence and he’s also been with Carlisle and Queen of the South.”

Maxwell is still in the mar­ket for other new ad­di­tions ahead of the Low­land League start­ing - when­ever that may be - but pointed out that some mem­bers of his cur­rent squad are al­most like hav­ing new sign­ings.

He said: “Iain An­der­son and Steven Black only played one game each be­fore the shut­down and we also have Steven Deg­nan back af­ter his in­jury. He was prob­a­bly our best player up un­til his in­jury.”

Two play­ers who won’t be at Isle­croft next sea­son are Cal­lum Wil­son and Ewan Gourlay. The pair have signed for Th­reave

Rovers in the South of Scot­land League, Wil­son hav­ing been with Star last sea­son and Gourlay hav­ing en­joyed a loan spell from Queen of the South the year be­fore.

Maxwell said: “It is dis­ap­point­ing. I spoke to them and ev­ery­thing is fine.

“Play­ers have to make de­ci­sions and they have de­cided that at this point in their ca­reer Dal­beat­tie isn’t the right club for them.

“We have two or three spa­ces but we’ve got 15 or 16 at the mo­ment so I can re­lax a bit try­ing to fill those last few holes.”

Coup Star man­ager Ritchie Maxwell ey Printed by Reach Print­ing Ser­vices Ltd, Car­don­ald Park, G51 4EA and pub­lished by the Dum­fries and Gal­loway Stan­dard, Park Lane, Dum­fries, DG1 2AX. Reg­is­tered at the Post Of­fice as a news­pa­per. Top sign­ing Ex-Gle­nafton star Dan Orsi

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