Category: transfers

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!

McWaters climbs aboard

Pollok FC are delighted to confirm the signing of 23-year-old midfielder Alex McWaters.

Alex, a wide midfielder, has signed on a one year deal having spent recent seasons with Kilwinning Rangers. Greenock-based, he began his career playing in the youth teams of St Andrew’s BC, Kilmarnock and East End United, though signed for Morton while still at school. While at Morton he was loaned to Largs Thistle, eventually joining them on a permanent basis in 2017. He transferred to Hurlford United in August 2018 then Troon in March 2019. He became a Buff in July 2019 and remained there until the end of the aborted 2020-21 season. Eagle-eyed fans may have spotted him making his first Lok appearance as a trialist in the return to action in June 2021 against Auchinleck Talbot.

On landing Alex, manager Murdo MacKinnon had the following to say:

“It’s great to eventually get the deal to bring Alex to the club signed and over the line.”

“His attitude and work ethic have been excellent. He has really stood out during our pre-season sessions thus far.”

“He will bring much-needed competition to the wider areas of the pitch. Alex has had good experience and played in some big games at this level for a young player. He will be an asset to the club and team moving forward.”

Welcome to Pollok, Alex!

Welcome to Pollok…Kyle Bradley

We are delighted to announce Kyle Bradley as our third new recruit of the summer.

Kyle joins Pollok from Lowland League side East Kilbride where he spent the truncated 20/21 season. Prior to East Kilbride, Bradley made over 60 appearances in the SPFL for Annan Athletic whom he joined, initially on loan, from Rangers where he made one top team appearance.

Speaking to pollokfc.com, Murdie MacKinnon expressed his delight at adding more quality to the squad.

We’re pleased to get the signing of Kyle Bradley over the line.

Kyle comes with an excellent pedigree. Having made his first team debut at Rangers before moving onto playing in the SPFL with Annan. He is extremely comfortable on the ball as reads the game really well.

Adding quality players like Kyle only improves our squad. It gives us real competition for places in defence. We are really looking forward to seeing him play in the Pollok shirt.

Kyle joins fellow summer signings Evan Horne and Callum Graham at Newlandsfield as pre-season training gets underway in the next few weeks.

Welcome to Pollok…Evan Horne

Pollok FC are pleased to announce the signing of Evan Horne who most recently spent time with East Stirlingshire. The 22 year old, who can play in defence or midfield, has played youth football with Dundee Utd, Dunfermline and St Mirren as well as making senior appearances for Stirling Albion and Annan Athletic in League 2. 

Evan is boss Murdie MacKinnon’s second new acquisition of 2021 and he was delighted to welcome the new signing to Newlandsfield. 

Evan is a terrific young player with a fantastic pedigree having played with Dunfermline, St Mirren, Annan Athletic and Stirling Albion before most recently representing East Stirling in the Scottish Lowland Football League.

We are delighted to secure the services of such a sought after player. 

Evan is a versatile player who can play in defence or in midfield. He is hungry for success and sees the next stage of his career at Pollok. 

Evan continues a family tradition by following his dad, John and older brother Josh in pulling on that famous Pollok jersey. 

I now look forward to seeing Evan’s career further develop at Pollok. His desire and commitment to making Pollok successful was evident in our conversations. Exactly what every manager wants in his players.

He is a terrific lad and a brilliant young player. I am sure he will show this to the Pollok faithful next season.

Welcome to Pollok, Evan!

Welcome to Pollok…Callum Graham

With a season start date of 17th July now pencilled in the diary (pandemic restrictions allowing), Pollok FC are delighted to confirm the signing of striker Callum Graham.

Callum, who most recently played for Ashfield, has already made a name for himself bagging 42 goals for Ashfield in his debut season and scoring 7 goals in 5 matches before the WoSFL Conference A was abandoned this year. The 24 year old previously played for Motherwell Kings, netting an incredible 199 goals in 5 seasons.

Speaking to pollokfc.com, Murdie MacKinnon was delighted to get Callum on board for season 2021-22;

I am delighted to land such an exciting talent. Callum has demonstrated his ability to score goals and do it on a regular basis. He is a natural finisher, has a presence and is a strong athletic type.

Callum and I agree that he can further improve his game and take it to the next level.

He is hungry to improve and has a desire do well. He has a fantastic attitude to the game. Callum expressed how excited he was to have an opportunity to play at a club like Pollok and it was clear through our conversations that he really wanted to join us!

We are delighted to give him the opportunity and we look forward to him scoring goals for Pollok in the new WOSFL.

I would also like to thank Paul Maxwell, his staff and all at Ashfield for their help and professionalism throughout our discussions.

Welcome to Pollok, Callum!

Look out for more signing news in the coming days as we begin to ramp up preparations for our first season in the West of Scotland League.