Meet United’s new boys

Sign­ing Ross thrilled of be­ing told he will cap­tain New­mains

Wishaw Press - - SCHOOL NEWS - Ben Banks

New­mains have signed up eight new play­ers to try and turn around their for­tunes this sea­son.

New ad­di­tion David Ross will lead the club out onto the pitch this sea­son, af­ter the ex­pe­ri­enced cen­tre-half was cho­sen by co­bosses Paul Davies and Craig Gup­well to cap­tain their newlook side.

The club strug­gled last sea­son, but Ross has been im­pressed with what he has seen from top to bot­tom and be­lieves things are on the right track ahead of their league opener at Ardeer Thistle on Au­gust 4.

As he was un­veiled along­side the other cap­tures, Ross said: “It’s a priv­i­lege to take on the cap­taincy. I know the club hasn’t done too well over the past few years.

“But hope­fully the new man­age­ment have brought in a new team of play­ers who will do well.

“Dur­ing pre- sea­son there has been a lot of hard work and it’s this kind of com­mit­ment that I think will do it for us this sea­son.

“I think the main thing is to cre­ate a good at­mos­phere. We’re look­ing to put some points on the board as quickly as we can.

“Mid-ta­ble is a re­al­is­tic tar­get with some good cup runs and away days in with that.”

Luca Rea, Wil­liam McGlone, An­drew MacKen­zie, John Wat­son, Dar­ren Hunter, Gor­don Bruce and Martin Han­n­away are the other new faces who have com­mit­ted their fu­tures to New­mains.

New front­man Rea is rar­ing to go af­ter some en­forced time out of the game.

He said: “I’m buzzing for the new sea­son. I’ve not had much game time since Jan­uary due to in­jury so I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to get­ting started here.

“I’m here to bring goals and hope­fully tro­phies as well. We have a brand-new back­ground team here and new coach­ing staff in so it’s been ex­cit­ing.

“It’s been great get­ting straight into the foot­ball and I think the team are get­ting there.”

Davies promised there would be a ma­jor shakeup of the squad in the clos­ing weeks of last sea­son and he and Gup­well have stayed true to their word.

In a busy few days the club has also agreed a kit deal with Hilling­ton-based VSN.

Davies said: “We had to as­sess from last year who we wanted to keep and who we didn’t want to keep.

“It’s a new group of boys and now it’s re­ally about get­ting them to gel and click to­gether so they hope­fully carry that onto the park.”

Davies has been im­pressed with the re­ac­tion so far and hopes to see more progress when New­mains com­pete at the Peter­shill Tour­na­ment on Satur­day and Sun­day this week­end.

They open with a clash against the hosts at mid­day on Satur­day with Rob Roy fac­ing St Rochs in the other semi-fi­nal at 2pm.

A third place play- off is at 11.30am on Sun­day, with the fi­nal kick­ing off at 1.30pm.

Davies added: “The play­ers have re­sponded fan­tas­ti­cally. We have been train­ing three times a week and we have had a friendly in be­tween that.”

Sign­ings Wil­liam McGlone, An­drew MacKen­zie, John Wat­son, Dar­ren Hunter, David Ross, Gor­don Bruce, Luca Rea and Martin Han­n­away (Pic by Gerry McWil­liams)

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