Meet United’s new boys
Signing Ross thrilled of being told he will captain Newmains
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)