Category: players

It’s Miller Time!

Pollok have boosted their numbers in midfield with the signing of central midfielder Darren Miller. The 30 year old arrives at the club from league champions Darvel and has previously played with Irvine Meadow XI and Clyde among others. Welcome to Newlandsfield Darren!

Dylan Dykes

For those of you who are able to attend the match tonight and for those who may be watching on television you will see during the warm up that all of the Pollok players will be wearing tops with a public display of their support for teammate Dylan Dykes.

Unfortunately, Dylan has recently been diagnosed with cancer. His treatment started in the week before last and, despite that, he was at the match the following Saturday supporting his teammates. Dylan continues to be a valued member of the team and we look forward to him, once again, stepping on to the pitch in the black and white.

It’s a terrible reminder of the indiscriminate nature of cancer and there will be many others around the game tonight who have, are, or will be affected by cancer but for tonight, let’s all take a moment to wish Dylan, his family and friends well, as no one faces this alone.

From everyone associated with the Pollok family our thoughts are with you Dylan.

Ryan McGregor departs

It can be confirmed that Ryan McGregor, a player to have appeared for the club in three decades, has departed to sign for Arthurlie. The 34-year-old made his Lok debut in July 2009 against St. Anthony’s, making 23 appearances and scoring 6 goals in his first season before a four club and seven-year spell away at Kilbirnie, Petershill, Renfrew and Arthurlie. He rejoined Lok in September 2017 making 102 further appearances in that time. All the best for your future career from all at the club, Ryan.

Ryan McGregor: 125 appearances, 25 goals.

Ryan in action on his Lok debut in July 2009, photo (c) Kathryn MacLeod.

In other news, Ross Shaw has joined Vale of Leven on loan. He made his debut in a 4-0 loss to Vale of Clyde on 24th September.

Farewell to Matty Grant

Pollok FC can confirm that last season’s player of the year Matty Grant has completed a transfer to League 2 side Stranraer. We would like to thank him for his time at Newlandsfield in which he played 39 games and scored 8 goals from his wingback role.

All at the club wish him well for his future career.

The Hatful o’ Eight: Murdie’s new arrival rundown

With eight new signings checking in over the summer break, who better to introduce them than Murdie MacKinnon. Here are the Gaffer’s thoughts on each of them:

Scott Rumsby
Scott is a player that I’ve admired for a long time. An outstanding defender who will add strength and consistency to the heart of our defence.

Fraser Mullen
Winning both the Player and the Players Player of the year awards at Cowdenbeath last season, Fraser brings great experience and quality to the group having previously played in the Premier League with Hearts.

Ryan Sinnamon
Another player with a fantastic pedigree having been brought up in the Rangers academy before moving onto Annan Athletic for two spells. An excellent footballer whose versatility will give further strength to the squad.

Sean Burns
Sean is a vastly experienced left-sided defender who is highly regarded in the senior game. He will bring outstanding quality and further leadership to the team.

Darren Christie
We welcome Darren back to the club after a year away in the seniors where he had an excellent season. Darren has outstanding attacking quality and also contributes with goals and assists.

Ryan Watters
We welcome Ryan to the club after a spell playing down south (with Widnes and Longridge Town). He adds competition on the left side of the pitch. Ryan has terrific quality and an outstanding work ethic.

Robbie Buchanan
Robbie has a terrific pedigree in the game having played at Hearts before making 200+ appearances for Cowdenbeath. His outstanding work rate and ability to create at the top end of the pitch will make him a fantastic signing for the club.

Stephen Docherty
Stephen had an outstanding goalscoring record last season, scoring 34 times on the road to helping Petershill to the conference title. His blistering pace and outstanding work ethic bring real competition at the top end of the pitch.

Black and White Cart Watters

It’s a big, welcoming Pollok wave to 24-year-old winger Ryan Watters. Son of former footballer Willie (ex Kilmarnock, Stirling Albion and Maryhill among others), he arrives at Newlandsfield after a meandering, twisting and turning cross-border transfer from Longridge Town of the North West Counties League. Ryan dipped his toe into the football world on the books of Motherwell, signing professionally with them in 2014 though drifted on to St. Mirren thereafter in February 2017. Ryan’s first taste of first team action came after climbing aboard at Albion Rovers, making 21 league appearances for them – ironically his only senior goals to date were a brace against Stirling Albion where his father was a legend. He ventured forth to Stenhousemuir for the latter half of season 2018-19 and played 15 times for them across the two and a half years a Warrior, much of that Covid-hit, of course. In August 2021, he tried his luck south of the border on the banks of the Mersey with Widnes, then of the Northern Premier League West, though moved on to Longridge Town in November 2021.

Speaking to the website, manager Murdie MacKinnon said of him: “We welcome Ryan to the club after a spell playing down south. He adds competition on the left side of the pitch. Ryan has terrific quality and an outstanding work ethic.”

Welcome aboard Ryan!

Ryan McGregor signs up again

One bit of news that was not put out on the website a few weeks ago was the re-signing of Ryan McGregor on a new one-year deal. A key player for the club due to his commitment and versatility, Ryan is a welcome addition to the reshaped Lok side going into 2022-23.

Pollok’s Ryan McGregor opens the scoring

New Doc on duty for Lok

With a few strikers moving on in the latter part of 2021-22, striker Stephen Docherty could be the answer for Lok in our bid to improve on third place last season. After playing for various boys clubs,  Stephen began his non-league career with East Kilbride FC, progressing to their Under 20 squad before transferring to Camelon in the Covid-affected 2020-21 season. He switched to Petershill for the 2021-22 campaign and had a very successful season with the Peasy, scoring 34 goals for them – the highest total since former Lok manager Andy Dailly hit 35 some 40 years earlier. Welcome to Lok, Stephen!

The Mullen is over – Fraser says AYE! to Murdie

Welcome to Pollok, Fraser Mullen!

Defender/ midfielder Fraser has joined Pollok from Cowdenbeath. He started off his career with Hearts, coming through the Jambos youth system and going on to make 8 first team league appearances. He transferred across the city to Hibs ahead of the 2013-14 season and played 3 times for the Easter Road side but switched to Raith Rovers later that season and appeared 10 times for them in the Championship that year. He moved on to East Fife for 2014-15 and remained in Methil for two seasons, switching across the Kingdom in 2016 when he joined Cowdenbeath. He remained at Central Park for six seasons and though primarily a right back, he featured mostly at left or right midfield in 2021-22.