High hopes for Ex-Jambo

Lennox Herald - - THE BACK PAGE - Marc McLean

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

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