Category: transfers

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.

Coyne makes change

Pollok are delighted to confirm the signing of striker Tommy Coyne from Linlithgow Rose. The prolific hitman has bagged over 300 goals for the Rose since signing in July 2009 and was part of the 2010 Scottish Junior Cup winning side. Coyne came through the ranks at Kilmarnock and also counts spells at Albion Rovers and Dumbarton in his career.

Speaking to pollokfc.com, ‘Lok manager Murdie MacKinnon had the following to say;

I have been looking to add another striker to the squad for some time but importantly that option had to be different to what we have.

Tommy has the attributes that I was looking for. His ability to link the play and bring others into the game is terrific. Ultimately, Tommy has built a fantastic career on being a goal scorer. He is a natural finisher. Tommy also brings a wealth of experience that he can share with his team mates.

When we discussed the possibility of him joining the club, he emphasised that he feels that he still has plenty to offer.

I am delighted to welcome Tommy to the club and wish him every success at Pollok FC.

Tommy is of course no stranger to bagging a goal at Newlandsfield, having most recently scored against the Lok in pre-season of 2019-20.

Welcome to Pollok, Tommy!

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!

McWaters sets sail for vales new

It can be confirmed tonight that Alex McWaters has completed a transfer to Kilbirnie Ladeside. The Greenock-based wide man makes the move to Valefield just as Kilbirnie unveil a management team from that part of the world, Shaun Dillon and Thomas Molloy. We wish him well and thank him for his contribution to the club.

All the best to Alex from all at Newlandsfield.

Welcoming Matty Grant

Pollok FC are delighted to announce the signing of Matty Grant from Bellshill Athletic. The midfielder began his career with Airdrie United YFC and Airdrieonians at youth level before signing a professional deal with St. Mirren aged 16. He left the Buddies in 2020 and spent the covid-hit season with Bellshill Athletic.

As Matty arrives at the club, manager Murdo MacKinnon told the PFC website today:

“I am delighted to welcome Matty to Pollok. He is an exciting young talent who is hungry to succeed.

“We are excited to be able to give him the platform to do so at Pollok.

“Matty is a forward-thinking player whose skill and pace will be a handful for anyone. He has impressed in recent pre-season friendlies most notably Cowdenbeath.

“Matty has a great future in the game and we look forward to watching him in the Pollok jersey this season.”

Welcome aboard Matty!

Welcome to Pollok…Jonathan Lyon

The club are delighted to confirm the signing of midfielder Jonathan Lyon. A product of the Greenock Morton youth set-up, 19 year old Lyon was most recently at Drumchapel United. He also spent time on loan at Port Glasgow Juniors whilst at Morton. Jonathan made a brief substitute appearance for the Lok in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Arthurlie.

Talking to pollokfc.com, Murdie MacKinnon had the following to say on his latest summer signing;

Jonny is an excellent young player who has shown the quality and hunger in order to earn a place in our squad.

He is a dynamic and highly competitive midfielder who brings great energy to the team. His technically ability is equally very good.

What young players lack in experience, they more than make up for in hunger and desire. This gives the experienced players a lift also. There is a lack of fear with young players that can be contagious, it can spread throughout the squad.

Jonny’s attitude has been first class. He is determined to prove that he belongs at this level and has made it clear that he wants to make it difficult for me to leave him out the side. That’s music to any managers ears!

Jonny has an exciting future ahead. I look forward to watching him in the Pollok shirt.

Welcome to Pollok, Jonathan!