High hopes for Ex-Jambo
Dumbarton gaffer Stevie Aitken revealed how he snatched playmaker Ryan Stevenson from under the noses of several other clubs - and expects him to be a star for Sons next season.
The former Hearts midfielder agreed a one year deal with Dumbarton last week, despite having several tempting offers on the table.
Stevie Aitken had been on the 31-yearold’s trail since the end of last season and was delighted to finally get his man.
Sons suppporters will undoubtedly be pleased with this addition to the team, particularly after striker Christian Nade decided his future lay elsewhere.
Stevie told the Lennox Herald: “I’m delighted we managed to get the deal for Ryan over the line as I had been chasing him all summer.
“I first met him five or six weeks ago and he’s had lots of offers.
“Five or six teams were after him and some were offering him more money.
tGIrseoaltdbhitimofosnschopwyspsrohfeersestiohnanakllsyto we do things at Dumbarton and the club’s ambitions.
“He was impressed by the whole package, it was certainly not a financial decision because we couldn’t match what he might have earned elsewhere.
“Ayr United offered Ryan more money, but it’s not always about the money. It’s more about the environment you work in and Ryan was keen to join us here.
“Ryan has played at a high level and so he’s going to bring a lot to Dumbarton.
“And he’s still only 31, it’s not as if he’s at the end of his career.
“Looking at his career so far he’s got a lot of goals in him.
“He can be a big player for us and hopefully he’ll do for us what he’s been doing for years.”
Ryan started his career as a Chelsea youth player in 2001 and has since played for St Johnstone, Ayr United (four spells), Hearts, Ipswich Town and Partick Thistle.
He has made over 400 appearances, scoring 76 goals and was also included in the Scotland squad in 2011 to play Cyprus. Boss Craig Levein named picked Ryan as a substitute in the 2-1 win. Last season Ryan managed 32 SPFL
cup appearances for Partick Thistle and Ayr Utd, scoring seven goals.
Sons signing Ryan Stevenson