Category: players

Liam Lapsley Signs Up!

Pollok are delighted to announce the signing of attacking midfielder Liam Lapsley from Largs Thistle.

Liam re-joined Theesel last summer after a season with Greenock Juniors having previously captained the Largs U20 side.

He made 17 appearances last season, scoring twice, with his campaign suffering a severe setback early on as he missed nearly five months of football after being stretchered off at Newlandsfield in Pollok’s 4-2 win in August.

Liam joins Pollok for the 2024/25 campaign subject to the SFA registration process.

Welcome to Pollok Liam!

Hear from Liam Lapsley as to what the ‘Lok fans can expect from him:

Chris O’Kane Signs Up

Pollok are delighted to announce the signing of central midfielder Chris O’Kane from Kirkintilloch Rob Roy!

Chris links up with his former manager Stewart Maxwell, who signed him for Rob Roy three years ago. He made 72 appearances for the Rabs and scored twelve times, with a few of those goals coming against Pollok.

Chris’s most prolific campaign in red and black was his first and the only full season under Maxi in 2021/22, when he scored seven times from midfield.

Chris joins Pollok for the 2024/25 campaign subject to the SFA registration process.

Hear from Chris what the ‘Lok fans can expect to see from him next season:

Ross Smith Signs Up

Pollok are delighted to announce the signing of experienced 32 year old central defender Ross Smith from Broomhill FC.

Joining his Broomhill teammate Ciaran McPhie at Pollok, Ross is no stranger to Newlandsfield having played here for both Kilwinning Rangers in 2021, and for St Cadoc’s in 2022.

Starting his career with Dundee United’s academy, Ross counts Peterhead, Stenhousemuir, and Stirling Albion among his former clubs.

Ross joins Pollok for the 2024/25 campaign subject to the SFA registration process.

Welcome to Pollok Ross!

Hear from Ross Smith as to what the ‘Lok fans can expect from him:

Ciaran McPhie Signs Up

Pollok are delighted to announce the signing of 24-year-old striker Ciaran Mphie, from Lowland League side Broomhill FC where he spent last season.

Before signing for Broomhill, Ciaran was in hot form for amateur side Lochgilphead Red Star scoring an impressive 62 goals in just 23 games. A striker who knows how to find the net, let’s hope he can get himself on the scoresheet for Pollok almost as often!

Ciaran joins Pollok for the 2024/25 campaign subject to the SFA registration process.

Welcome to Pollok Ciaran!

Hear from Ciaran McPhie as to what the ‘Lok fans can expect from him:

Lindsay departs

Pollok FC can confirm that midfielder Ross Lindsay has left the club following the expiration of his current contract.

Lindsay signed in the summer from Caledonian Braves of the Lowland League, and made 43 appearances in all competitions this season, with only three other members of the squad turning out for the Lok more.

We would like to place on record our thanks to Ross for his efforts this season, and wish him the best for the future.

Fraser Mullen departs

Pollok FC can confirm that full back Fraser Mullen has left Newlandsfield following the expiration of his contract.

Mullen signed in the summer of 2022, and went on to make 73 competitive appearances, scoring six goals. A near ever-present this season, he appeared in 43 out of 46 matches, captaining the team in the latter part of the season and leading them out at Broadwood in the final of the West of Scotland Cup.

His finest moment in a Pollok jersey came against Annan Athletic as he scored one and set up another in a man of the match display as Pollok progressed to the third round of the Scottish Cup in front of the BBC Scotland cameras.

 

This season, he added two more thumping free kicks to his highlights reel with goals at both Penicuik and Gartcairn.

All at Newlandsfield would like to thank Fraser for his contributions to the club over the last two seasons and wish him and his family well for the future.

Maley departs

Pollok FC can confirm that Evan Maley has departed the club following the expiration of his contract.

Maley signed from Broomhill in the summer, making 23 appearances and scoring three goals. The most notable was a thumping strike from distance to round off the scoring in the 6-0 Scottish Cup triumph against Penicuik Athletic. He was also selected as man of the match in our highest ever win against Saltcoats Victoria in September where he chipped in with two goals in a 13-0 victory.

All at Pollok would like to thank Evan for his contribution to the club over the course of this season. We wish him all the best for the future.

24/25 Squad Update

Pollok FC can confirm that Chris Duff, Sean Burns and Matty Burrows will depart Pollok following the expiration of their contracts. Jamie Henry has also been released as he takes a break from football due to work commitments.

Chris Duff joined Pollok in the summer of 2019, having previously played for Rossvale and getting his start in junior football under Stewart Maxwell at Kirkintilloch Rob Roy. A tricky winger, Duff has been a significant goal threat for Pollok over the years, scoring 27 times in 115 appearances, with outside of the foot screamers against Cumnock and Kirkintilloch Rob Roy last season being among the highlights. Despite injuries limiting his minutes, this season has been his most prolific with nine goals, mostly scored off the bench.

 

Sean Burns signed for Pollok in 2022 from Stranraer, having spent seven years at Queens Park, along with spells at Brechin City, Stenhousemuir and Forfar Athletic. He departs Newlandsfield having made 66 appearances, including all eight Scottish Cup ties as we reached the Third Round in each of the last two seasons. In this time, he also chipped in with four goals.

 

Jamie Henry returned to Newlandsfield at the end of 2023 having previously made 46 appearances for Pollok between 2018 and 2020. Between these two spells, he turned out for Wimborne Town and Bemerton Heath Harlequins in England. In the second half of this season, he made sixteen appearances and has now been released from his contract due to work commitments.

 

Matty Burrows arrived last summer from University of Stirling but injuries limited the versatile defender to just four competitive appearances in the early stages of this season.

 

All at Pollok would like to thank Chris, Sean, Jamie and Matty for their contributions to the club during their time at Newlandsfield, and we wish them and their families all the best for the future.

Jordan Longmuir to retire

Pollok FC can confirm that after ten seasons, 275 appearances, and one goal, goalkeeper Jordan Longmuir has made the decision to retire from playing. His last match will be at home to Clydebank on Saturday as he hangs up his gloves in order to spend more time with his young family.

Jordan signed in 2014 from Colville Park Amateurs following our relegation to the First Division and he was a key part of the side that won the title to secure an immediate return to the top flight, as well as lifting the Evening Times Cup. Arguably his finest campaign came the following year as his heroics in a nervy quarter final against Kilbrinie Ladeside and a semi-final penalty shootout win against Hurlford took Pollok into their first Scottish Junior Cup Final of the twentieth century against Beith Juniors, which ended in a heart-breaking defeat.

Celebrating a penalty shootout win against Hurlford in the Junior Cup semi-final in 2016.

Jordan later added two Central League Cups and a West of Scotland Cup to his medal tally, while also embarking on two Scottish Cup runs with the Lok. He played in every match as Pollok reached the third round in both this season and last’s competition. Among them was a memorable penalty shootout victory against Benburb this year where Jordan saved two. This season also saw him play a decisive role in shootouts against Clydebank and Auchinleck Talbot in the run to the West of Scotland Cup Final. All in, that leaves his total at an impressive nine wins from thirteen penalty shootouts in his ten years at Newlandsfield.

Joy after a famous Scottish Cup win against Annan Athletic in front of the BBC Scotland cameras in October 2022, and following a penalty-shootout win against Benburb in 2022.

Perhaps the most impressive statistic from Jordan’s time at Pollok however, is that ‘one goal’ which came away to Kirkintilloch Rob Roy in 2021, as a long punt from his penalty box bounced over his opposite number and into the net. His loyalty to the goalkeepers’ union however, prevented him from making too much of the celebration!

 

I am incredibly proud to have spent the last ten years playing for Pollok. It is a great club, with a fantastic support, and I will miss the buzz of playing in front of a packed Newlandsfield, but I am sure I will be back as a supporter in the near future. Having been committed to football at this level for the last seventeen years, now is the right time to hang up my gloves to spend more time with my young family. I look forward to spending my football-free Saturdays with them, investing time in their hobbies, and to be able to go on holiday without rushing home on a Friday to play the next day! Thanks for the last ten years. Mon The Lok Now!

Jordan Longmuir, Pollok Legend

 

Jordan has made the decision to hang up his gloves in order to spend more time with his young family.

 

Jordan has been an unbelievable servant to Pollok. He is a tremendous goalkeeper, great person and a tremendous ambassador for the club. I have gotten to know him very well over the last eighteen months and he now has the perfect opportunity to sign off his career with a home tie at the club he has spent ten years at. It is a magnificent achievement for Jordan and a great send off which he fully deserves. Hopefully we can get a result on Saturday for him.

Stewart Maxwell, Pollok Manager

 

Jordan leaves Newlandsfield as a modern-day Pollok legend, firstly for his immense contribution on the park over ten years – in particular, the shootout wins against Hurlford, Benburb, Cydebank and Talbot which will be remembered for years to come. We have had a decade of top-class saves, from a top-class keeper who gave the best years of his career to this club. Some of my favourite memories following Pollok have Jordan at the centre of them, and I know I am not alone in that. Off the park, we will struggle to find anyone who has represented the club better in his time here. The impact he has had on his teammates, coaches and our supporters, young and old, represent everything that is good about football. He will be sorely missed as a player, but we look forward to continuing to welcome him and his family to Newlandsfield as friends for years to come.

Paul Regan, Pollok President

 

While all at Pollok are sad to see him go, we fully respect his desire to prioritise his family and give them more of his time. On behalf of all at the club, we thank him for ten outstanding years and wish the Longmuirs all the best for the future. To our supporters, we hope to see you turn out in your numbers on Saturday to give Jordan the send off he deserves as he makes his final competitive appearance against Clydebank. There will then be one more opportunity to say goodbye at his testimonial match where a Jordan Longmuir XI will take on a Paul Gallacher XI on June 29th.

 

Adam Forde signs on for 24-25!

Pollok FC is delighted to announce that striker Adam Forde has extended his contract, and committed to Pollok for the 24-25 season!

He will now go into his eighth campaign at Newlandsfield, having joined the club in the summer of 2017 from Kilbirnie Ladeside. Upon singing, he was immediately among the goals, as he scored on his debut against Neilston, and since then the goals have kept on coming. To date, Adam has made 197 competitive appearances, finding the back of the net on 113 occasions, just five behind Bryan Dingwall who is currently our highest scorer of the 21st century!

This season has been Adam’s best in black and white, with him finding the net thirty times in 37 appearances, with some memorable strikes among them – not least his two overhead kicks in the space of a week against Largs Thistle and Benburb! Lok fans will be hoping he can continue this rich vein of form into today’s Indigo Comms West of Scotland Cup Final at Broadwood, and our three remaining league matches against Auchinleck Talbot, Darvel and Clydebank.