Category: transfers

Hello 2021 but farewell to Gerry

Happy New Year to all Lok fans! It almost goes without saying that all at the club hope for a far better 2021 than 2020 and even though we all begin in difficult circumstances, there is hope of better times ahead.

With the first team in ‘stand by’ mode as we sit out the inaugural West of Scotland League season, it is the choice of players to look elsewhere for game time. It can be confirmed that Gerry McLauchlan has been released by Pollok FC and has now subsequently signed for SPFL League 2 side Brechin City, a team he previously played for between 2010 and 2015. Gerry, whose Newlandsfield deal was due to expire at the end of the season, made his Lok debut in the Sectional Cup versus Rossvale in July 2019 and went on to make 20 appearances for the club. All the best Gerry in the return to Glebe Park.

The vast majority of the Lok squad signed extended contracts a few months back so supporters can be assured of seeing many familiar names once we resume playing.

Eighteen players pen contract extensions

Pollok are delighted to confirm that 18 of the first team squad have committed their future to the club by agreeing 1 year contract extensions.

David Barron, Darren Christie, Chris Duff, Grant Evans, Jordan Longmuir, Danny MacKenzie, Gary McCann, Stuart McCann, Ryan McGregor, Iain Russell, Mark Sideserf and Josh Weir are now contracted to the club until June 2022. Meanwhile, Del Esplin, Adam Forde, Shaun Fraser, Paul Gallacher, Josh Lumsden and Jordan Shelvey have penned extensions to June 2023.

Commenting on the news, Pollok manager Murdo Mackinnon said; “Delighted the lads have committed themselves to the club. Tremendous loyalty shown by them all. We’ll be back, stronger than ever”.

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Player news: Larkin departs

Pollok FC this week can confirm that Dominic Larkin has been released from his Lok contract due to a change in work circumstances. Speaking to the website about pre-season, manager Murdo MacKinnon said:

“Unfortunately he’s not been involved much due to his work commitments. His new career will take up most of his time.

“This situation is something that has come up and it’s an opportunity that Dom can’t turn down. I wish him well with his career and the future – he’s a terrific lad.”

All the best Dom from all at the club.

In terms of Lok’s three games so far, and pre-season in general, Murdie added:

“The games have gone well – there have mainly been positives.

“There are still a few things to work on and get up to speed with, so very happy with the players overall. The new signings have fitted in well and the squad as a whole is strong.”

The new season is still very much an uncertainty. Clubs met last night over Zoom to discuss a number of issues and a vote will take place on Friday to determine when and how the season starts. There is increasing concern over the lack of fans being allowed into matches alongside a rise in covid-19 cases. National clinical director Jason Leitch told the BBC this week that discussions have not even been held with football authorities to permit smaller clubs to allow supporters into grounds as the focus is on the rise in cases.

Elsewhere in the pyramid, the following dates are being worked to (subject to any future Scottish Government restrictions):

Highland League – no earlier than November 28th
Lowland League – 10th October
South of Scotland League: 10th October
East of Scotland League: 10th October

Edit: The SJFA announced on 8/10 that their own regions would delay until 21st November.

Pollok’s next official fixture is 24th October vs. Tranent, but there will likely be closed doors friendlies in the interim. News of them will appear here and on Lok social media.

McDevitt arrival gives Murdo midfield boost as one departs

Pollok FC are delighted to announce the signing of highly experienced central midfielder Stephen McDevitt from Darvel. Stephen, 36, is a player that has spent the majority of his career at the top end of the amateurs, representing Scotland and captaining clubs like Wellhouse and Colville Park. He also has has brief Junior stints with Cumbernauld United and Vale of Clyde.

Manager Murdo MacKinnon had the following to say about McDevitt’s arrival: “I’m absolutely delighted to secure the signing of Stephen. He joins us after picking up the West Region Championship, where he captained Darvel to league success last season.

“Stephen previously captained Collvile Park and Wellhouse amateurs during many trophy laden years in the amateur game before moving to Darvel last year. He also represented Scotland at amateur level on many occasions.”

Looking at what he will bring to the Lok engine room, Murdo added: “Stephen is a highly competitive midfielder who’s never say die attitude, aggression and leadership on and off the pitch made him a highly sought after player. He is an out and out winner. I am delighted to have agreed a deal to bring him to Pollok for the first WOSFL campaign.”

“My negotiations with Stephen were totally based around football. His ambition, hunger and determination to bring success to Pollok shone through. He is a professional of the highest standards.”

“I am again delighted to welcome Stephen to Pollok FC and look forward to watching him compete in the Pollok shirt this season.”

Welcome to Pollok, Stephen!

Meanwhile it is farewell to Jamie Henry as he moves to England. He has signed up with Wimborne Town of the Southern League Premier Division South. Good luck for the future Jamie.

Introducing the Development squad (part 10)

In what is likely to be the final part of the series of posts introducing the Pollok U20 Development squad ahead of the 2020-21 season, our last player to be unveiled is 17 year old Aidan Craig.

Aidan joins Lok from Morton where has been since August 2019. Aidan is a striker who began his career with St. Mirren and was with the Buddies youth side for four seasons. He moved on to Erskine Youth then Harmony Row, and spent some time on trial with Morton from the latter in 2018-19. He switched to Glenvale ahead of 2019-20 but won a permanent move to Cappielow not long after.

Aidan has submitted this photo from his time at Morton

Welcome to Aidan and to the other 19 players that make up the Lok 20s for 20-21!

Introducing our development squad (part 9)

In the final part of the current series introducing our development squad, today we will meet the last three members of the 20s squad. Today we shall say hello to Kamil Krol, Matthew McMillan and Andrew Melville. All three are 17 years old.

First up, Kamil. Midfielder Kamil is from Poland originally but has been in Scotland for many years and stays in Coatbridge. He has played football with Hibernian, Clyde, Airdrieonians FCBC and Kilsyth Athletic, and signed for Airdrieonians, initially at youth team level, in September 2018. While at Airdrie he won the Reserves Challenge Cup and also picked up a Central League Cup at boys club level. He comes to us therefore having already worked with both Stephen McKenna and Chris Ferguson.

Kamil checks out the enclosure c/o Ross MacDonald

Matthew McMillan is a central midfielder from Johnstone who has had a long association with Glenvale AFC and is one of seven players on our U20 books to have come directly from them. With Glenvale he won the Scottish Cup, West Region Cup and the League and won the District Scottish Cup with Paisley District. Matthew also had a spell with Morton where he trained with and played for the Reserve team.

Matthew poses for Ross MacDonald

Andrew Melville is a central defender who comes to us from Linwood Rangers, his only previous club. Honours-wise, he has won the Schools Scottish Cup. Johnstone-based Andrew is currently studying Business at Strathclyde University.

Thanks to Andrew for sending over this pic!

Welcome to all three of the players unveiled today and good luck to all 19 that are currently signed up with Lok 20s!

Lok 20s are doing some fundraising ahead of the restart and are selling these stylish snoods via their Twitter account:

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Tweet to @pollokfc20s for more information!

Introducing our Development squad (Part 8)

Today we are going to meet two more members of Stephen McKenna and Chris Ferguson’s Development squad, both lads they know well as they come to us from their Airdrieonians side. They are Luke Cameron and Jack Grimshaw.

Luke is a 17 year old defender / midfielder who has experienced playing abroad after living in Australia when younger. Luke is from Linlithgow and was on the books of Linlithgow Rose CFC before and after his time Down Under, but not long after returning he signed for Airdrieonians’ youth side.

Thanks to Luke for supplying this photo of him signing on at Airdrie

Also being unveiled today is Jack Grimshaw. Jack, from Cumbernauld, joins from the Airdrieonians youth set-up. He is a composed, ball playing centre back/centre midfielder with real leadership qualities. He has been in and around many youth academies as his career progressed. Jack tells us that he is ready to go for the big season that lies ahead and is looking forward to joining the new set-up we have at Pollok.

Jack snapped by Gerry McMillan

Welcome to both Luke and Jack – and please check the site again tomorrow when a further three U20 signings will be revealed.

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.