Orsi signs up for Star
Ex-Glens man is a‘coup’
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.”
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