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Introducing our Development squad (Part 7)

12 players were unveiled last week and this week you can expect to meet another seven! First up today is Sean Borland.

Sean is 17 years old and is a central midfielder. He can also play a more defensive midfield role in the middle of the park. Paisley lad Sean has played youth football at St. Mirren but has been with Glenvale since he was 11. He won the Scottish Cup twice with his age group at Glenvale.

Sean snapped by Ross MacDonald

Also being unveiled today is Keelan Braonan. Bellshill-based Keelan is an 18 year old midfielder who comes to Pollok from Airdrieonians where he has spent the last seven years of his career. He has also been with Hearts, St. Mirren, Hibernian and Motherwell when much younger, and counts the Raemon Gormley Cup and Reserves Challenge Cup among his Airdrie honours.

Thanks to Keelan for sending in this pic!

Welcome to both lads – and stay tuned for five more signings this week!

Back for more #3: Jordan McMillan

Pollok supporters will be delighted to hear the news that Jordan McMillan has re-joined the club on a deal that runs through until June 2021. The right back originally joined the club on loan from Dumbarton midway through 2019-20, a deal made permanent following his release by the Sons during the winter transfer window.

Speaking to the Lok website, manager Murdo MacKinnon said: “I take great delight in welcoming Jordan McMillan back to the club for his second season. He brings a wealth of experience and quality after spells at Rangers, Dunfermline and Partick Thistle to name a few.

“Jordan joined us last season on loan from Dumbarton and made an immediate contribution on the park. Jordon then joined the club on a permanent basis early in the new year.”

Murdo added: “Before the season ended Jordan was part of the squad which defeated Neilston in the Macron Scottish Junior Cup Quarter final. His performances on the pitch were of the highest standard and we look forward to him showing more of that in the coming season.”

Welcome back Jordan!

Stay tuned to the PFC website for another batch of under 20 signings too.

Introducing our Development squad (part 6)

In the final part of our current series welcoming the new members of our U20s to Pollok FC, we are going to be introducing Leroy Smith and Mikey Verrecchia. There is symmetry with our first post as these lads come from Pollok United and Airdrieonians respectively, just like Douglas Cummings and Luke Biggart.

First up, Leroy Smith. Leroy is 18 years of age and is an energetic, fast centre forward. He has scooped a number of Player of the Year awards and netted 52 times in his best ever season. He helped the regional team reach the semi finals of the Glasgow Cup, with Leroy bagging a hat-trick in the quarter finals. Leroy has previously played with Hampden YFC, Clyde Community YFC, Weir Recreation and Hillwood, joining up at Pollok United for 2019-20.

Thanks to Leroy for sending in this pic

And finally, for now, Mikey Verrecchia. Mikey is an 18 year old striker that joins up from Airdrieonians. He joined the Diamonds way back in the 2013-14 season from Jerviston BC. The only trophy he says he has won away from school football was the Reamon Gormley tournament.

Michael checks in with Gerry McMillan for a photo

Welcome to all 12 players announced so far: Luke Biggart; Kieran Docherty; Thomas Haggarty; Grant Jameson; Tiger Lawson; Lee Fraser; Ben Marshall; Alex Quinn; Ross Shaw; Leroy Smith and Michael Verrecchia. There more to follow in due course!

Introducing our Development squad (part 5)

In the second of two updates today, let’s find out who else is joining up with the U20 Development squad set to compete in Conference B once the football gets underway. Up next are two 18 year olds, Alex Quinn and Ross Shaw.

Alex comes to Pollok from Linwood Rangers, the only club he has played for so far. This is because Alex was previously involved at a high level in Judo and competed for Scotland in that discipline. Alex is an energetic box-to-box midfielder who wil be involved at either end of the pitch. He is a graduate technology apprentice at Morgan Stanley and is also studying software engineering at Strathclyde University.

Alex Quinn from Gerry McMillan

The second of our two goalkeepers to be announced is Ross Shaw. Ross, or Shawzy as he is known, is actually a recent addition to the ‘goalkeepers union’, ending up in goal when a team-mate failed to show for a game – and the rest, they say, is history! Ross counts Renton Craigandro, Erskine Youth, Dumbarton United, Linwood Rangers and Vale of Leven among his clubs, and last season was with BSC Glasgow. Despite his age, he made it onto the bench for a game away to Berwick Rangers in November 2019.

Thanks to Ross himself for submitting this pic

Welcome to both Alex and Ross and good luck for the 2020-21 campaign! We will have a further two players being revealed tomorrow so watch out for news of those.

Introducing our Development squad (part 4)

In the first of two updates today, let’s meet the seventh and eighth players to be revealed as members of Stephen McKenna and Chris Ferguson’s U20 Development squad. They are Fraser Lee and Ben Marshall. Both lads are 18 years old.

Fraser comes to Lok from Glenvale AFC, his home since the 2013-14 season. Prior to that he was with Johnstone Burgh. Fraser, nicknamed ‘Fras’ is a defender and he has an extensive list of previous honours: two Scottish cups, four league titles, three regional cups and one schools Scottish cup.

Fraser Lee snapped by Ross MacDonald

Joining Fraser in being announced today is Ben Marshall. Ben is a striker who also joins the club from Glenvale. He has also played his football with Clyde, Park Villa, Charlie Miller Academy and East Kilbride FC where he was a league winner.

Ben Marshall from Gerry McMillan

Welcome to both lads and watch out for further updates later on.

Back for more #2: Bryan Wharton

Following the announcement yesterday that Dom Larkin had returned to Newlandsfield, how about another candidate for one of the central defensive roles? And it’s yet another familiar returning face – it’s Bryan Wharton!

The central defender left Lok for Albion Rovers in 2018 having signed for Lok from Queen’s Park, initially on loan, in the 2017-18 season. He has been a regular with the Cliftonhill side over the past two seasons but despite being offered a new deal there under new manager Brian Reid, has decided to come back to Lok. Welcome back Bryan!

Murdo MacKinnon had the following to say about the return of Bryan:

“I’m delighted to bring Bryan Wharton back to the club. He is a no nonsense defender who brings a wealth of experience from the seniors.”

“Bryan spent the last couple of seasons as club captain at Albion Rovers where he led the rovers in a very competitive SPFL League 2 and spent 5 years at Queens Park beforehand.”

Murdo added: “Bryan is no stranger to Newlandsfield and brings further competition for places in our squad. Bryan was much sought after when leaving Rovers but he emphasised his desire to return to Pollok from the very start.”

“Once again, I am delighted to welcome him back to the club. I am sure he will be a key player for Pollok in years to come.”

And we’re perhaps not done yet when it comes to players coming back. Keep an eye out on Lok social media for further news!

Introducing our Development squad (part 3)

Four down, more to go! And two of those ‘more’ arriving right now! Welcome to Pollok FC, Grant Jameson and Tiger Lawson!

Grant is an 18-year-old goalkeeper who joins Pollok’s Development side from Glenvale AFC, and he will find a number of his old team-mates at Lok in 20-21! He started his career with Renfrew Victoria and his two spells with them were punctuated by a stint at Dumbarton. He also played with Harmony Row and Erskine Youth before joining Glenvale last season.

Grant Jameson c/o Ross MacDonald

Another 18-year-old signing up with us is Tiger Lawson. Tiger is a midfielder who joins up from Glenvale AFC where he had been since December. he played at Jimmy Johnstone Academy for six years then moved onto Glenvale last season. While at Jimmy Johnstone, he won Player of the Year, Parents Player of the Year, Kelpies Cup and the Raemon Gormley tournament.

Tiger Lawson c/o Gerry McMillan

Welcome to both Grant and Tiger – that’s now six players announced from the under 20s and we have even more to announce over the remainder of this week. There may even be some first team news along shortly too…

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!

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!