Category: players

Bankies away in South Challenge Cup

It was a tough draw for Pollok when the South Challenge Cup 4th Round pairings were made earlier this week and Pollok’s reward for beating Harthill Royal in the previous round is a trip to Holm Park to face West of Scotland Premier rivals Clydebank.

You can re-enact the whole draw on YouTube here:

In other news, Pollok’s Under 20s have added to their squad by bringing in goalkeeper Logan Lewis, 18, from Easterhouse Football Academy. He made his debut as a trialist against Johnstone Burgh on 3rd December.

Moore the merrier for Lok

Pollok are delighted to announce the signing this evening of 19-year-old striker Jordan Moore from Bellshill Athletic. The young forward was the trialist on the bench last weekend against Troon and has signed a deal through to the end of the 2022-23 season.

Jordan played youth football at Stenhousemuir, Motherwell and Jerviston BC before moving on to Gartcairn Football Academy, eventually progressing to the first team at MTC Park. He left Gartcairn midway through the eventually annulled 2020-21 season for Bellshill Athletic but opted to sign for Fauldhouse United in pre-season. This was short-lived as by the end of July he was back in the yellow and black of Bellshill, finding the net on a regular basis.

Manager Murdie MacKinnon was clearly happy to get his man. Speaking to the Lok website he said: “I am delighted to welcome Jordan to the club. Jordan joins us on the back of an excellent spell at Bellshill where he has scored 24 goals this season.”

“He is direct and quick in his play and can obviously finish well. Jordan adds another sprinkling of youth to our squad, which has been a key feature for Pollok this season. This is something that has pleased me more than anything this year.”

“We are delighted to have strengthened the top end of the pitch recently. Jordan provides even more competition for places. Our strength and depth of squad is very good. This will definitely help us as we go through the season with inevitable injuries and suspensions.”

“All that leaves is for me to welcome Jordan to the club and wish him well during his time with us at Pollok FC.”

In other news, Pollok’s Development team have had a couple of changes this week – 18 year old defender John Burgon has signed from Benburb, though had a spell with the Lok academy prior to that, while keeper Grant Jamieson departs with the club’s best wishes.

Lyon’s pride at contract extension

In some great news for a Thursday evening, it can be confirmed that Johnny Lyon has signed a multi-year deal with the club, tying him to Newlandsfield until the summer of 2024. Manager Murdo MacKinnon was thrilled to secure the tricky forward, saying:

Johnny has been a fantastic addition to the squad this season, his attitude and effort have been brilliant from the word go.”

“He is a young player with lots to learn and develop, but his attitude towards the game and playing at a huge club like Pollok is a breath of fresh air. He asked for a platform to prove that he can play at this level. We provided that and he has certainly proven his worth on the pitch. He has endeared himself to the supporters and everyone around the club.”

“I’m delighted that Johnny has decided to extend his contract and commit himself to the club. An outstanding young talent who has a big future ahead of him in the game and at Pollok.

Johnny himself commented:

I’m delighted to be offered a new contract here at Pollok – I’m just thankful to the gaffer, coaching staff and teammates for trusting me and giving me a chance in the games especially. I am now looking forward to a big week ahead.

Lok are next in action against Irvine Vics in the Scottish Junior Cup at Victoria Park this coming Saturday, while there is then midweek action when we take on Irvine Meadow XI under the lights at Meadow Park on the 29th in a crunch league game. There is then the visit of early pacesetters Auchinleck Talbot to Newlandsfield on the 2nd of October.

Changes continue as Brownlie signs up

In a week of changes, defender David Brownlie comes into the club as five players bade their farewell. David, a central defender, signs from Linlithgow Rose on a three-year deal. He spent his schoolboy career with Queen’s Park and Rangers, signing professional with the latter in January 2013. He departed Ibrox without featuring for the first team in 2016, shortly after joining Ross County’s U20 set-up. While in Dingwall, he was loaned out to Elgin City and made his senior debut for the Black and Whites on the 28th January 2017 in a 3-1 win over Edinburgh City.

The sky’s the limit for David at Lok

His second senior appearance was also memorable for him, ending with an 81st-minute red card at Forfar. All in all, he made 13 appearances for the Borough Briggs men.

David then spent 2017-18 and 2018-19 on the books of Airdrieonians and Stranraer respectively, playing regularly for both sides and accruing 54 appearances and 5 goals in League One between them. He spent the ultimately covid-hit 2019-20 season at East Kilbride and again was a regular, this time at Lowland League level where he made 31 appearances and scored twice in all competitions. He transferred to East of Scotland League side Linlithgow Rose in July 2020, making 12 appearances and scoring twice in all competitions for them.

Speaking to the PFC website today, manager Murdie MacKinnon welcomed the new arrival: “I am delighted to welcome David to the club from Linlithgow. He is a top player who has the ability and natural leadership skills that will improve us on the pitch. His attitude to the game is excellent and he is a great professional.”

“During our initial discussions he expressed a desire to join us at Pollok and a hunger to win trophies. That’s what any manager wants in his players. We look forward to seeing David on the pitch in the near future.”

“I thank Linlithgow Rose for the professional way that they handled this transfer.”

Welcome aboard David!