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Introducing our Development squad (part 2)

Following on from yesterday’s revealing of the first two members of our new U20 Development squad, today will have two updates as we go from two to six, with Kieran Docherty and Thomas Haggarty coming aboard.

First up today is 18-year-old defender Kieran Docherty.

Kieran a.k.a. Doc is a right back who joins us from Linwood Rangers. He can play anywhere across the back four and that versatility will come in handy when the action starts. Kieran has previously played with Morton up to U14 level and thereafter with Jimmy Johnstone Academy.

Thanks to Kieran for supplying this pic – we’ll get him properly once training starts!

And joining Kieran in being revealed today is striker Thomas Haggarty, also 18.

Thomas joins us from Glenvale AFC 19s – one of seven to do so – and in 17 games for them last season, netted 20 times. Thomas is a young man who knows where the goal is!

Thomas captured by Ross MacDonald

So, welcome to both Kieran and Thomas – and keep an eye on the PFC website for at least one more player related announcement today!

Introducing our Development squad (part 1)

In the first of a number of posts introducing the members of our Under 20 Development squad, today we are going to say a big hello to Luke Biggart and Douglas Cummings.

Luke is 18 years of age and joins Pollok 20s from Airdrieonians where he played under Stephen McKenna and Chris Ferguson. He is a composed, energetic and versatile left-footed player comfortable in any left and central defensive / midfield positions. He joined the Diamonds in 2018 after switching to their youth system from home town team Motherwell, and in 2019-20 was a regular feature for the Diamonds reserves, both at training and in games. Luke is a decent passer of the ball and likes to get involved in set pieces.

Luke Biggart checks out the home dugout c/o Gerry McMillan

Also being announced today is Douglas Cummings. Douglas is a midfielder and is one of the players stepping up from Pollok United. He counts St. Cadoc’s and Stamperland YFC as clubs he was with prior to signing up with PUSA in 2017.

Despite being an ’01, Douglas has played much of his career with 2000-aged teammates, punching above his weight, and last season helped the 21s to promotion in the West of Scotland League at the first time of asking. He can play a variety of roles, from central defence to defensive midfield to an overlapping full back, and gets in among the goals as well. Douglas is currently a law student at Strathclyde University and is looking forward to getting involved in the new set-up.

Douglas signs up from Pollok United c/o Ross MacDonald

Welcome to both players and stay tuned for more announcements as the Development squad slots fill up!

Back for more #1: Dominic Larkin

It’s time to announce Lok’s second summer signing!

One of a number of players coming back to Newlandsfield for season 2020-21 is Dominic Larkin. The centre half was on the Lok books last season having been a part of the U21s in 2018-19 while also playing Sunday League with Castlemilk Dynamo, and it was to the latter that he returned to see out the campaign.

Manager Murdo MacKinnon had the following to say about the big stopper’s comeback:

“It?s great that Dom has returned to the club for a second spell. I believe he has a terrific future in the game ahead of him. He is a commanding central defender who is aggressive and loves nothing more than to compete. He gets what we are building here at Pollok and wants to be part of it!”

“Dom is another product of our youth academy. I know the people in the academy will look forward to watching Dom?s career develop at Pollok FC as much as I will.”

Welcome back Dom!

Oh – and stay tuned for news on who else might be pulling on the famous black and white once again!

Development side’s application successful

The Lowland League revealed this week that all 68 applications by Under 20 sides were successful, which means that Pollok will be fielding a young side in the West Conference once season 2020-21 gets underway. Match secretary Martin Donnelly has been busy getting a number of U20 players registered and we hope to begin introducing the squad assembled by Stephen McKenna and Chris Ferguson over the next few days.

Also, keep an eye out for some additional signings at first team level too!

Player news: Christie checks in

Pollok are delighted to welcome Darren Christie to Newlandsfield following his departure from fellow West of Scotland League side Beith Juniors. The 32-year-old wide man is a player Lok fans will be well-aware of from his appearances against us over the years and manager Murdie MacKinnon reveals his pleasure in having secured his capture.

Speaking to the Lok website, Murdie said: “It gives me great please to welcome Darren to the club from Beith Juniors. He is a player that I have admired for a number of years. He has performed at the highest levels over the course of his career picking up the Premier League, West of Scotland Cup and Scottish Junior Cup winners medals along the way.”

Thinking of how he will fit into the squad, Murdie added: “He brings a wealth of experience and is a player who will certainly add competition for places. He is another player who adds goals to the team and is the exciting type of player who will get the supporters on the edge of their seats. I know that Darren is desperate to make his stay at the club a successful one and as he looks forward joining up with his new teammates at Pollok.”

“I would again like to take the opportunity of welcoming him to Pollok Football Club.”

Darren had a Pro Youth career at both Celtic (briefly) and St. Mirren before moving onto Barrhead BC and stepped up to the Juniors from St. Peters Juveniles with Neilston where he remained for five seasons. He joined Beith in 2014 and it is from the Bellsdale Park side that he joins Lok.

Two Jordans depart for pastures new

With new signing news imminent, it is sadly farewell to both Jordan Morton and Jordan McMillan. Forward Jordan Morton signed for Lok from Cambuslang Rangers midway through the 2018-19 season and went on to play 25 games for the club, netting four times.

Jordan McMillan signed originally on loan from Dumbarton in December 2019, making his debut at Largs Thistle. Covid-19 curtailed his involvement upon signing permanently in February 2020, with him making six appearances in total.

The club had previously announced that Tony Coutts and Mikey McWilliams were also moving on, with the latter signing up with Rossvale. Everyone at Pollok wishes all of those players well on their future careers.

Pollok launch U20 side

The Pollok website is delighted to confirm that the club will be represented at U20 level in the Lowland Development League. This is a competition that holds games on a Friday evening and while last season it was for clubs across the Lowland League’s catchment, with the influx of West-based sides, a geographical split is likely. Pollok’s side will be managed by former Queen of the South and Airdrie player Stephen McKenna and he will be assisted by Chris Ferguson. Both coached at Airdrieonians U18s last season.

The U20 side will all be eligible for the first team, and in turn, first team players can play a limited number of games themselves – the advantage of that being the opportunity to get game time for players returning from injury as well as giving the youngsters the chance to play alongside some of our stars. Stephen and Chris are currently finalising their squad and signings will be announced in a few weeks time.

Speaking to the website this evening, Stephen (pictured above) said: “I am delighted to be given the responsibility, alongside Chris, to oversee the Pollok Development squad this coming season.”

He continued: “We cant wait to get started and get to work on helping these lads achieve success in their football careers.”

“We will be in close contact with Murdie throughout the season and will be doing everything we can to get these players to the point where they are running out at Newlandsfield for the first team in the coming months.”

You can follow the young Lok’s progress on the website, Facebook and on Twitter as the season progresses. Stay tuned also for news of what other clubs from the West will be taking part.

Adam Forde strikes new deal

Pollok are delighted to confirm that Adam Forde has signed a new contract which will keep him at the Lok until June 2022.

Forde arrived at Newlandsfield in the summer of 2017 from Kilbirnie Ladeside. He has gone on to make 94 appearances for the club scoring 54 goals. He was the club’s top scorer in both seasons 17-18 and 18-19. Pollok boss Murdie MacKinnon was delighted that Adam has agreed to put pen to paper on a new deal;

I take great delight in the fact that Adam has committed his long term future to Pollok FC. He has goal scoring record which is second to none and has tremendous ability to match. He is a great attacking threat and must be a nightmare for opponents to play against.

Although he was being heavily pursued but other clubs, Adam made it very clear that his future lay at Pollok and that he wished to remain at the club long term. We are delighted to have him with us.

We look forward to watching Adam score many more goals for Pollok in the future and hopefully he will be a major catalyst to the clubs success.

Adam is joined in next seasons squad by fellow strikers Chris Dallas, Stuart McCann, Iain Russell, Jordan Shelvey and Josh Weir.

Meanwhile, Mikey McWilliams who came through the Pollok Utd Soccer Academy will leave the club at the end of his contract as will defender Tony Coutts who has turned down a new contract. We would like to thank both players for their contributions over the past few seasons and wish them all the best for the future.

Danny MacKenzie signs again

The club are pleased to confirm that Danny MacKenzie has signed a contract extension with the club until June 2021.

Danny joined the club in 2018 from Kirkintilloch Rob Roy and after impressive debut season, he was named Pollok Player of the Year for 2018-19. He has so far made 47 appearances for the club.

We caught up with manager Murdie MacKinnon who had this to say on Danny’s re-signing;

I?m really happy that Danny has decided to extend his stay at the club. He is a super talented footballer who has one of the best engines on the game. Danny has demonstrated this on many occasions. He had a bit of a stop start season last year with injuries but hopefully that is behind him now.

I am sure we will see Danny return to the form that resulted in him being awarded the Pollok FC, Player of the Year in 2018-19. I look forward to seeing Danny once again in the Pollok colours.

Danny MacKenzie joins fellow defenders Paul Gallacher, David Barron, Grant Evans, Gerry McLauchlan and Mark Sideserf in the Pollok squad for the next campaign.

Meanwhile, our Donate a Ticket campaign is ongoing. 100% of donations go directly to the club which helps with ongoing costs as a result of loss of ticket income. Any donations, if you are able, are very welcome.

Contract extension for Barron

Pollok are pleased to confirm that a contract extension has been agreed with David Barron which will keep him at the club next season.

The former St Mirren defender signed for the club last summer and although his season was cut short by a serious injury, manager Murdie MacKinnon was delighted to keep the experienced defender at Newlandsfield and believes his best days at Pollok are very much ahead of him;

I am delighted to welcome David back for a second season at the club. He is an outstanding footballer who?s wealth of experience and tremendous quality will be a welcomed boost to the squad.

Last season ended with a horrendous injury for him but I have to credit David?s determination, attitude, desire and work ethic. This has ensured that he will return stronger and fitter than ever. I look forward to David making a huge contribution to the cause next season as I know how desperate he is to pay back the club and supporters for their support!

Meanwhile, our Donate a Ticket page is still up and running. All funds go directly to the club and they are especially appreciated at a time when our main source of income (gate receipts) is not available. If you are able, any donation is welcome.

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